Teaching and Learning in Nursing
Retaining nursing students in courses is key to increasing the number of new nurses. This study examined factors associated with nursing course or program withdrawal among students with and without prior military experience. The purpose of this study was to uncover differences between groups of students who withdrew compared to those who did not. A cross-sectional study using an online questionnaire surveyed current or recent nursing students (n = 420) using the Educational Requirement Subscale and the Student Withdrawal Questionnaire from Jeffreys’ toolkit. Uncovering differences between groups of students who did and did not withdraw from nursing courses or programs shows opportunities for nurse educators to improve strategies for student retention. Students with and without prior military experience reported statistically similar confidence levels, withdrawal rates, and reasons for withdrawal. There was a positive relationship between higher confidence levels and rates of withdrawal. Factors with the strongest influence for withdrawal were academic difficulties (mean = 2.56), family responsibilities (mean = 2.59) and family crisis (mean = 2.62). First generation students reported the greatest level of course withdrawals. Participation in nursing clubs and faculty advisement and helpfulness were most helpful to participants who reported past withdrawal. Data from this study can guide nurse educators to create greater program support and opportunity for peer support for students experiencing factors associated with course withdrawal.
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Original Publication Citation
Tremblay, B., Hawkins, J. E., Hawkins, R., Higgins, K., Wiles, L., & Martin, J. (2023). Contributing factors to withdrawal decisions of military and nonmilitary nursing students. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 18(1), 129-133. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2022.08.004
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Tremblay, Beth; Hawkins, Janice E.; Hawkins, Robert E.; Higgins, Karen; Wiles, Lynn; and Martin, Jamela, "Contributing Factors to Withdrawal Decisions of Military and Nonmilitary Nursing Students" (2023). Nursing Faculty Publications. 65.
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