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ERIC Number: ED549459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 156
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2672-7839-5
Relationships between Self-Regulating Behaviors and Predictor Exam Scores for Senior Nursing Students
Gillespie, Maria
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Low pass rates on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses have directed nursing faculty to examine how to predict the readiness of the nursing student. Exit exam testing that predicts readiness has become one way to assess the nursing student's readiness. Nursing students at the research site's school of nursing are performing poorly on these predictor exams. Failing the predictor exam delays graduation and entry into the workforce. The purpose of this study was to explore relationships between nonacademic factors of perceived benefits of action, perceived barriers to action, and perceived self-efficacy and outcomes (scores) on predictor exam scores. Pender's health promotion model was used as the theoretical base for this study. A key question for the study involved understanding how self-regulating behaviors of senior nursing students' affect exit exams scores. A quantitative, nonexperimental, correlational design was used with a convenience sample of approximately 20 senior nursing students who were drawn from the registration rolls. Instruments used were Likert scale questionnaires that measured perceived benefits of action, perceived barriers to action, and perceived self-efficacy. Data analysis included descriptive analysis with scatterplots and correlation of variables. A significant relationship was only found between the behavior of studying to retain knowledge longer and exam scores. A policy recommendation was developed to begin a peer mentoring program pairing at-risk students with successful students in hopes of increasing self-regulating behaviors and ultimately predictor exit exam rates. Positive social change may occur as more nurses are placed in the health care industry to give culturally competent care to an increasingly diverse population. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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