A closer look at academic probation and attrition: What courses are predictive of nursing student success?
ABSTRACT The purpose of this retrospective study was to identify undergraduate courses that serve as predictors of success for nursing students completing a BSN program. The sample included records of 327 students placed on probation or dismissed from a Midwest school of nursing between 2002 and 2010. Though previous research has shown that science courses can be used as predictors of nursing student success, our results suggest that non-science courses can serve in this capacity as well. In particular, an across-the-life-span fundamental psychology course was found to be an important predictor in determining whether or not probationary students eventually completed the program. These results suggest that nursing programs need to evaluate their programs not only reviewing students success in nursing courses but also in prerequisites beyond just science courses such as chemistry and biology.
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ABSTRACT: In an effort to meet the demand for well-educated, high-quality nurses, schools of nursing seek to admit those candidates most likely to have both timely progression and first-time success on the NCLEX-RN exam. Finding the right combination of academic indicators, which are most predictive of success, continues to be an ongoing challenge for entry-level baccalaureate nursing programs across the United States. Using a retrospective descriptive design, this pilot study explored the relationship of a standardized admission examination, the HESI Admission Assessment (A2 Exam) to preadmission GPA, science GPA, and nursing GPA. Additionally, the predictive ability of the A2 Exam, preadmission GPA, and science GPA related to timely progression and NCLEX-RN success were explored. In a sample of 89 students, no relationship was found between the A2 Exam and preadmission GPA or science GPA. The A2 Exam was correlated with nursing GPA and NCLEX-RN success, but not with timely progression. Further studies are needed to explore the utility and predictive ability of standardized exams such as the A2 Exam, and the contribution of such exams to evidence-based admission decision-making.Journal of Professional Nursing 09/2014; 30(5). DOI:10.1016/j.profnurs.2014.01.007 · 0.88 Impact Factor