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Hart, Ann M.

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

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College of Education


Dropouts; Nurses--Studying and teaching; Nursing--Study and teaching


The problem was to determine the major reasons that the students identify for their withdrawal from the School of Nursing, Northern Illinois University. The study was also concerned with the stated reasons of the non-academic difficulty group versus the academic difficulty dropout group. The rate of dropout for the School of Nursing was compared to other Northern Illinois University students and to the national nursing dropout rate. A questionnaire was used to elicit responses from the total nursing dropout population. Statistical information from the Bureau of University Research, Northern Illinois University was obtained concerning the total number of dropouts from the University and regarding academic difficulty of the students. The latest figures available on the attrition rate of baccalaureate students of non-accredited collegiate schools of nursing were secured from the National League for Nursing. The data gathered were (1) tabulated and (2) converted into percentages for the respective tables. The Chi-square test was utilized to test the significance of the findings. Data compiled from the questionnaire indicated the following major reasons for withdrawal in rank order were "disliked NIU," "academic difficulty," "changed nursing major," "marriage, family and health," "financial and other." The reasons were significantly different between the nonacademic difficulty dropout and the academic difficulty dropout. The first class has the highest dropout rate. Excluding the first class the dropout rate of 56.9 per cent was significantly different from the national baccalaureate rate of nursing students as compiled from data of the National League for Nursing. The School of Nursing of Northern Illinois University rate was higher.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [89]-92)


v, 103 pages




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