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AN EXAMINATION OF BEST PRACTICES IN RETENTION IN THE ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAMIN THE FLORIDA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM

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2005
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ABSTRACT This mixed-methods research examined student nurse retention methods perceived as best practice by directors and coordinators in selected Associate Degree Nursing (AND) programs within the Florida Community College System (FCCS). A critical nursing shortage is expected to worsen over the next twenty years due to the aging workforce and the inadequate supply of qualified nurse graduates. The Associate degree nursing programs supply the majority of nursing graduates to the workforce. Thus, the associate degree nursing programs and student retention measures were studied. The research was conducted using a Delphi survey of directors of nursing in ADN programs within the FCCS. This survey served as the template for faculty surveys, which were distributed to faculty members under the selected ADN program directors. Students were surveyed with a similar Likert type scale with focus groups to allow for open-ended interviewing. Following analysis of the data, directors of nursing, faculty, and students in the ADN programs identified eleven best practices. Extensiveness strengthened the research. Resulting information will be helpful for nursing program curriculum and program planning. Future research can examine best practices quantitatively. This study can also be replicated at other venues.
Title: AN EXAMINATION OF BEST PRACTICES IN RETENTION IN THE ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAMIN THE FLORIDA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM.
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Name(s): Lewis, Mary, Author
Evans, Ruby, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: ABSTRACT This mixed-methods research examined student nurse retention methods perceived as best practice by directors and coordinators in selected Associate Degree Nursing (AND) programs within the Florida Community College System (FCCS). A critical nursing shortage is expected to worsen over the next twenty years due to the aging workforce and the inadequate supply of qualified nurse graduates. The Associate degree nursing programs supply the majority of nursing graduates to the workforce. Thus, the associate degree nursing programs and student retention measures were studied. The research was conducted using a Delphi survey of directors of nursing in ADN programs within the FCCS. This survey served as the template for faculty surveys, which were distributed to faculty members under the selected ADN program directors. Students were surveyed with a similar Likert type scale with focus groups to allow for open-ended interviewing. Following analysis of the data, directors of nursing, faculty, and students in the ADN programs identified eleven best practices. Extensiveness strengthened the research. Resulting information will be helpful for nursing program curriculum and program planning. Future research can examine best practices quantitatively. This study can also be replicated at other venues.
Identifier: CFE0000893 (IID), ucf:46631 (fedora)
Note(s): 2005-12-01
Ed.D.
Education, Department of Educational Studies
Doctorate
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Subject(s): Student Nurse Retention
Associate Degree Nurse
Community College
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0000893
Restrictions on Access: campus 2006-01-31
Host Institution: UCF

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