Development of an attrition risk prediction tool

Published on Jan 1, 2009in British journal of nursing
· DOI :10.12968/BJON.2009.18.19.44831
John Fowler4
Estimated H-index: 4
(DMU: De Montfort University),
Peter Norrie6
Estimated H-index: 6
(DMU: De Montfort University)
Aim: To review lecturers’ and students’ perceptions of the factors that may lead to attrition from pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes and to identify ways to reduce the impact of such factors on the student’s experience. Background: Comparable attrition rates for nursing and midwifery students across various universities are difficult to monitor accurately; however, estimates that there is approximately a 25% national attrition rate are not uncommon. The financial and human implications of this are significant and worthy of investigation. Method: A study was carried out in one medium-sized UK school of nursing and midwifery, aimed at identifying perceived factors associated with attrition and retention. Thirty-five lecturers were interviewed individually; 605 students completed a questionnaire, and of these, 10 were individually interviewed. Attrition data kept by the student service department were reviewed. Data were collected over an 18-month period in 2007–2008. Findings: Regression ana...
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