A Comparison of Factors that Impact Retention of Nursing Students With and Without Military Experience: A Mixed Method Study
Teaching and Learning in Nursing
Military veteran students have unique characteristics and challenges that influence their academic success. The factors impacting retention of nursing students with prior military experience may differ from students with no military experience. This mixed methods study used an anonymous survey guided by Jeffreys' Nursing Undergraduate Retention and Success Model to identify factors that support or restrict prelicensure nursing program retention of military veteran students compared to students with no history of military service. Statistically significant differences between groups were detected for three factors including financial status, membership in nursing organizations or clubs, and financial aid and/or scholarship. There was a clear distinction between traditional and nontraditional students. Three qualitative themes emerged: Responsibilities and support systems, well-being and coping, program support, and caring. Results of this study can be used by nursing faculty to develop strategies to support the academic success of prelicensure nursing students, and specifically to meet the unique needs of students with prior military experience.
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Original Publication Citation
Hawkins, J. E., Higgins, K., Martin, J., Wiles, L., Mahoney, I., Hawkins, R., & Tremblay, B. (2022). A comparison of factors that impact retention of nursing students with and without military experience: A mixed method study. Teaching & Learning in Nursing, 17(4), 357-363. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2022.06.003
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Hawkins, Janice E.; Higgins, Karen; Martin, Jamela; Wiles, Lynn; Mahoney, Ingrid; Hawkins, Robert; and Tremblay, Beth, "A Comparison of Factors that Impact Retention of Nursing Students With and Without Military Experience: A Mixed Method Study" (2022). Nursing Faculty Publications. 64.
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