ERIC Number: ED365787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Examination of Motivating Factors Attracting Licensed Practical Nurses into a Registered Nursing Program.
Care, Wm. Dean
A study identified characteristics and motivating factors that influenced licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to participate in a registered nursing (RN) upgrading program at a hospital in western Canada. A literature review considered the concepts of motivation, participation, adult learning, and life transitions and explored a variety of models and theories. A modified Education Participation Scale, incorporated into a participation survey, was used for data collection. The questionnaire was mailed to all LPNs enrolled in the upgrading program. The respondents were asked to respond to each item in relation to the extent it had influenced his or her decision to participate in the program. Descriptive statistics used to analyze the data included frequency distribution, measurement of central tendency (mean scores), and measurement of variability (standard deviation). Of 106 surveys distributed, 64 were returned. The results indicated that LPNs pursuing an RN upgrading program were primarily motivated by a desire for professional advancement, professional knowledge, and acquisition of credentials. When respondents were asked to identify other factors that motivated them to pursue the upgrading program, the majority responded that compliance with authority was the main reason. The demographic information showed that this population consisted of nontraditional, older students with many years of nursing experience. The survey instrument is appended. Contains 26 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Adult Education, Developed Nations, Dislocated Workers, Enrollment Influences, Foreign Countries, Improvement Programs, Learning Motivation, Nurses, Nursing Education, Participant Characteristics, Postsecondary Education, Professional Training, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada (West)
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.