Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to correlate the results with pre-entrance strategies.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to correlate the results with program strategies.
Methods: Upon approval by the IRB, students entering the program were assessed with the Risk Assessment Profile, Strategies for Success (RAPSS) instrument to prospectively assess risk factors. An ongoing team approach includes the Project Director, nursing Tutors, a Case Manager, a Data Manager, ESL student tutors, faculty, administrators, and support staff.
Results: For the N 261 sample: 18% spoke ESL, consistent with the national average. Diverse, underrepresented students are highly represented in this Philadelphia, Pennsylvania baccalaureate nursing program. Approximately 30% of the nursing students were Black/African American, which is nearly three times the national percent. In the sample of students of all races, 41% of nursing students were below the government poverty level; and 28% were the first in their family to attend college
Conclusion: The SRSS Program was instituted three years ago with the intent to raise the NCLEX-RN® from 70.6%. In 2009-2010, the pass rate for first time takers increased to 82.95%; and the new 2010 - 2011 results were 85.6%. A recent retrospective data analysis of the sample showed that the number of predictors of the 13 item RAPSS scale can be reduced to three and the number one predictor of failing the NCLEX-RN® was the student’s income at the US poverty level.
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