In the current nursing shortage, student retention is a priority concern for nurse educators, health care institutions, and the patients they serve. This book presents an organizing framework for understanding student retention, identifying at-risk students, and developing both diagnostic-prescriptive strategies to facilitate success and innovations in teaching and educational research. The author's conceptual model for student retention, "Nursing Undergraduate Retention and Success," is interwoven throughout, along with essential information for developing, implementing, and evaluating retention strategies. An entire chapter is devoted to how to set up a Student Resource Center. Most chapters conclude with "Educator-in-Action" vignettes, which help illustrate practical application of strategies discussed. Nurse educators at all levels will find this an important resource.
This is the only book to offer an evidence-based model for retaining students and ensuring success across the nursing education spectrum. It is designed to assist faculty in creating, implementing, and evaluating student retention and academic success strategies. This model, Nursing Undergraduate Retention and Success (NURS), can be used effectively with all kinds of nursing programs, both traditional and nontraditional, including diploma, ADN, RN-BS, and accelerated BS. The book features the Nursing Student Retention Toolkit, an easy-to-use digital toolkit for assessment and planning that is thoroughly cross-referenced and integrated into the text. Together, these complementary resources offer a wide selection of educational activities and support strategies for diverse learners and settings. The text provides guidelines for maximizing educational strengths, identifying and assessing at-risk students, facilitating student retention, and revitalizing teaching methods. It examines the multidimensional factors that must be considered, including cultural values and beliefs, and describes proven strategies for promoting retention and academic success such as faculty advisement, promoting professional events and membership, peer partnerships, and enrichment programs. Nursing Student Retention, with its breadth of information and one-of-a-kind digital toolkit, will be of great value to nurse educators, administrators, and graduate students. This new edition features: An easy-to-use format that includes the Nursing Student Retention Toolkit,a digital adjunct containing assessment tools, and templates for designing, implementing, and evaluating retention strategies Chapters updated to provide a wealth of new information and evidence-based strategies Real-life scenarios featuring diverse learners and settings Vignettes to synthesize and demonstrate application of learning
Interested in the latest trends in nursing education written by the nurse educators pioneering these innovations? Then welcome to the first volume of the Annual Review of Nursing Education.This Review focuses on these innovative practices of teaching. It describes educational strategies you can adapt to your own settings and is written for educators in associate, baccalaureate, and graduate nursing programs, staff development, and continuing education. The goal of the Review is to keep educators updated on recent innovations in nursing education across all settings.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has issued a goal to have 80% of nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) by the year 2020 as a result of studies indicating that nurses need to be prepared at the BSN level to meet the increasing demands in providing patient care since studies have shown better patient outcomes with BSN prepared nurses (Front Matter, 2011; IOM, 2010; McEwen, 2013). The IOM goal of 80% by 2020 is in response to research that has demonstrated improved patient outcomes for those cared for by BSN prepared nurses (Aiken, Clarke, Cheung, Sloane, & Silber, 2003). The purpose of this study was to research attributes of the RN to BSN program that facilitate retention in Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN programs. The research question is, what attributes support the retention of students in a RN to BSN program? A descriptive study design using mixed methods data collection was used to facilitate the best understanding of the research problem. Data were collected through surveys, and followed up with interviews with a subset of the initial population. Interview participants for this study included student participants who were enrolled in a RN to BSN program to determine what program attributes supported retention at a private Roman Catholic university. The results indicated the need for a program that implements the Culture of Excellence model to promote student retention. The Culture of Excellence focuses on defining desired faculty attributes that are integral to student success, retention fostered by a sense of belonging, and student needs and desired qualities that are met through consistent faculty support. The six implications for practice included building the Culture of Excellence, going beyond articulation agreements to define academic pathways, creating the right time for students to pursue their education, creating the preferred method of delivery, creating a detailed, informative orientation, and utilizing the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice to support building quality curriculum. The implications promote facilitating growth in the RN to BSN program to contribute to the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) goal of 80% BSN by 2020, and improving patient outcomes through improving safe, quality patient care.