An examination of the influence of select non-cognitive variables on the intention of minority baccalaureate nursing students to complete a baccalaureate nursing program.

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Title: An examination of the influence of select non-cognitive variables on the intention of minority baccalaureate nursing students to complete a baccalaureate nursing program.
Author: Evans, Dena Adele
Advisors: Dr. Leila Gonzales-Sullivan, Committee Member
Dr. James Bartlett, Committee Member
Dr. Timothy Hatcher, Committee Chair
Dr. Carol Figuers, Committee Member
Abstract: ABSTRACT EVANS, DENA ADELE, An examination of the influence of select non-cognitive variables on the intention of minority baccalaureate nursing students to complete a baccalaureate nursing program. (Under the direction of Dr. Timothy Hatcher.) On college and university campuses nationwide, understanding the phenomenon of student retention has become an institutional imperative. The loss of any student is costly to a college or university, resulting in considerable financial loss (Siedman, 2005). For some programs of study, such as nursing, retention is paramount, not only for the institution but for the communities which are served by its graduates. Moreover, retaining minority nursing students is of particular importance because it holds the key to the resolution of a long-standing absence of minority representation in the nursing profession, the nursing shortage and the elimination of health disparities among minority healthcare recipients (Davidhizar, Dowd, & Giger, 1998; Shi & Stevens, 2005). Using Tinto’s (1993) Model of Institutional Departure, the present study explores the relationship between non-cognitive variables of pre-entry attributes (age, race, gender); pre-entry goals and commitments (commitment to complete program and commitment to the university); external communities (family, residence and work obligations) institutional experiences (academic and social) and students’ intention to complete their program of study.
Date: 2010-04-12
Degree: EdD
Discipline: Adult and Community College Education
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/6180


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