Master's Theses

Date of Award

Fall 2006

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Department

Nursing

Advisor

Dr. Karyolyn Kells

Abstract

National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) pass rates are important to all schools of nursing across the United States. With the current shortage of nurses it is extremely important for nursing students to be successful on the NCLEX-RN. A non-experimental ex post facto investigation was conducted to examine the relationship between academic performance of students (N = 79) who graduated from a Midwest, rural community college Associate Degree Program between the years of 2001 and 2005 and their performance on the NCLEX-RN. Prior to beginning this study, permission was obtained from the Fort Hays State University (FHSU) Nursing Research Ethics Committee (NREC) and also obtained from the Midwest, rural community college. Research Question number one found that there was a statistically significant relationship between HESI E2 (M = 843.04, SD = 121.98) scores and NCLEX-RN results, r,(77) = .484. p = .000. The second question asked was supported. A statistically significant correlation was found between Anatomy and Physiology II (M = 3.03, SD = 1.13) student grades and their performance on the NCLEX-RN, rs (77) = .28. p = .0 12. The third question asked, “Is there a statistically significant relationship between the cumulative GPA of nursing courses (M = 2.8 1. SD = .36) and performance on the NCLEX-RN?" this relationship was statistically significant, rs (77) = .48. p = .000. Post hoc analysis of the three HESI E1 subscales of Critical Thinking, Therapeutic Communication, and Therapeutic Nursing Interventions were completed. A statistically significant relationship was found between the Critical Thinking subscale (M = 846.44. SD = 126.81) and performance on the NCLEX-RN, rs (73) = .41, P = .000. A statistically significant relationship was found between the Therapeutic Communication subscale (M = 829.60, SD = 192.63) and performance on the NCLEX-RN, rs (73) = .38, p = .001. A statistically significant relationship was found between the Therapeutic Nursing Intervention subscale (M = 838.00. SD = 130.00) and performance on the NCLEX-RN, rs (73) = .42. p = .000.

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Copyright 2006 Susan Rhodes

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