Authors: Marion Tower, Rachel Walker and Bernadette Watson
Abstract: Student attrition from university degree programmes results in adverse outcomes for the university, the student and the sustainability of the nursing profession. This paper describes a two-part project aimed at engaging, supporting and retaining a cohort of non-traditional nursing students. Two hundred and twenty three students were tracked against risk markers for failure. Students who submitted and passed first assessment items, attended orientation, accessed blended learning resources, attended tutorials and submitted and passed first assessment items, or carried a part-time study load were significantly more likely to pass the subject overall. Interventions for at risk students were implemented and resulted in increased retention. The findings stress the importance of tracking students’ performance and providing wide-ranging support.
Keywords: student nurses, retention, support