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Keywords

Prelicensure Nursing Education, Progression Policies, Nursing Student Repeaters

 

Authors

  1. Lewis, Lisa S.
  2. Willingham, Tonya L.
  3. Milner, Ann Marie T.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The literature lacks description of the incidence of nursing students failing and repeating courses. Nursing student repeaters delay graduation and entry into the workforce; they are also at risk for attrition.

 

AIM: The aim of the study was to describe the incidence of nursing student repeaters and progression policies in the United States.

 

METHOD: A national survey of prelicensure nursing program deans and directors was conducted.

 

RESULTS: Invitations were sent to 2,055 nursing programs; the response rate was 32 percent. The annual incidence of nursing student course repetition was found to be 11.5 percent. Progression policies varied widely.

 

CONCLUSION: Nursing student repeaters are a significant population, and examination of progression policies is warranted.