Impact of Study Sessions for First Semester Nursing Students
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PURPOSE: The purpose of this project was to develop and implement study sessions to reduce attrition and increase first semester nursing student success.
BACKGROUND: Each semester, 80-100 students begin the nursing program at Lewis University. The attrition rate for first semester nursing students at a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program has been running between 20-40% over the past few years.
METHOD: Bi-weekly moderated study sessions were developed and implemented for first semester nursing students, and a total of 78 students participated in these study sessions. These sessions included study and test taking strategies, National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) practice questions, and content review.
FINDINGS: The study sessions were found to have a positive impact on student grades and there was a statistically significant impact on student progression (p= < .05) when the student participated in the moderated study session within the first weeks of the semester. Participants identified the study sessions as very helpful.
CONCLUSION: It is recommended that the study sessions be continued with each cohort of first semester nursing students.