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Identifying the Barriers Impacting Diploma Student Nurse Success

Lake, Santa Ann (2021) Identifying the Barriers Impacting Diploma Student Nurse Success. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The United States is facing a shortage of qualified bedside nurses. Healthcare institutions
rely heavily upon nursing schools to prepare graduate nurses who are ready to enter the workforce.
Retention of pre-licensure nursing students, therefore, is a key factor to support the demand. But
retention is also the wicked problem faced by schools of nursing. The purpose of this explanatory,
mixed methods study was to identify the barriers to success as experienced by students enrolled in
the diploma nursing program and explore strategies used to overcome them. Questionnaires and
semi-structured interviews were conducted with students enrolled in a diploma nursing school in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Data analysis revealed that factors related to employment and family
crises were found to be most restrictive to success and intensify as multiple factors combine. This
aligned with findings from the literature. The findings further explained that students relied upon
academic support, advisement of faculty, and peer support to overcome challenges. This data
indicate that interventions aimed solely at teaching test-taking strategies and study skills are not
sufficient to address the need of the students. Today’s diploma student has non-academic
responsibilities competing with school. Schools of nursing must foster student support programs
that are holistic and develop programs and interventions that address the needs of their student


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lake, Santa Annsanta.lake@pitt.eduSAL183
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFerketish, B.
Committee MemberTrovato,
Committee MemberMayowski,
Committee MemberKmetz,
Date: 31 August 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 24 June 2021
Approval Date: 31 August 2021
Submission Date: 2 August 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 154
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: diploma, nursing student, retention
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2021 18:07
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2021 18:07


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