Lived experiences of six students who choose to re-enter a nursing program
Morrison, Barbara Mary
Master of Education
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In light of an impending nursing shortage, student retention is a priority concern for nurse educators. In this study, the lived experiences of six students of nursing who leave an undergraduate program and subsequently return are examined. A phenomenological, grounded theory approach reveals the following emergent themes: motivation, obstacles to success, support, and achieving success in the nursing program. Analysis of findings reveals numerous motivating forces that persist throughout the entire student experience. The tremendous impact of obstacles as well as support from various sources is also evident. Persistence, the use of effective time management, and the establishment of self-confidence emerge as essential components in the achievement of success in a nursing program. The significant roles of educational institutions and the nursing profession in student achievement and retention are clearly visible in this study. Recommendations for change within these facets of nursing education are presented.