Skills in time management are crucial for academic success. It can be defined as clusters of behavioral set that is essential in the organization of learning load. These are comprised of activities such as planning, prioritizing, preparation, and following schedules, which yields an impact on students’ achievement.
Nurse anesthetist student is a registered nurse spending 1-yeartraining program in anesthesia. She has to work laboriously to cope with all assigned activities day and night. Time management, therefore, becomes a practical tool for students to reach their goal. It has many good aspects; namely, problem analysis, target determination, planning, implementation, evaluation and revision for improvement.
However, many factors act as barriers to students’ attaining and maintaining a high grade point average (GPA). Meanwhile, faculty members target all these issues in developing strategies to improve their academic performance and learning achievement. As a result, investigators would like to determine the effect of skills in time management on GPA among them.
We found that nurse anesthetist students had moderate competency skills on time management. The issue of time management has a vital importance for individuals and organizations, and it is one of the most important keys to success. It is important that students use their time carefully and consciously so that they achieve success both in their private life and in their courses. Therefore, helping all students develop an awareness of and acquire skills on time management would improve their academic achievement and quality of life.
Material and Method: After IRB approval, the study has been registered by ClinicalTrials.gov NCT03091283. It was carried out in 30 volunteered nurse anesthetist students at the Department of Anesthesiology, Siriraj Hospital. The project was explained in details to students and the consent was obtained. All participants had to respond to 58-item questionnaires 2 times, at the beginning of program and 6-month during the training. The data were collected and classified by an educator who did not involve in the study.
Demographic characteristics were expressed as percentage. The questionnaire scores derived from 5-Likert’s scale, were stated as mean and standard deviation, and analyzed by Chi-square test. Pearson correlation was determined between the time management and the achievement scores. Results: Students showed moderate competency skills on time management. Though they had different in educational and experience background, there was no difference of the concerns in all 6 aspects. In addition, the relationship between GPA and time management showed a positive correlation but no statistical significance.
Discussions: Time management on the formation of living objective, the implementation of project, the planning, the assessment and the improvement of time usage and the revision of wasted time activities, were average as compared to their learning achievement. This seemed to deviate from many studies, which claimed that students practicing time management had more free time and got better grade.
Unfortunately, current study was done in an available, small sample size and less time to follow up students’ behavior. Likewise, skills on time management might have other unknown, influencing factors. For example, students should have previously fundamental knowledge in study such as making notes and paper or running on assignments, not merely before deadlines. Importantly, other than working and learning worries, they should not have personal or psychological stress background. In addition, they should distract from any temptation atmosphere, e.g. smart phone, games, calls or television series.
Conclusion: Nurse Anesthetist students had moderate competency skills on time management in 6 aspects. The relationship between GPA and time management showed a positive correlation but no statistical significance. Page 102 NWC 2017 NWC 2017 2nd Nursing World Conference October 16-18, 2017 Las Vegas, USA
Summary: Nurse Anesthetist student, a registered nurse spending 1- year training in anesthesia, has to work laboriously to cope with all assigned activities day and night. Study revealed that they showed moderate competency skill on time management. Though they had different in educational and experience background, there was no difference of the concerns in 6 aspects. The relationship between GPA and time management showed a positive correlation but no statistical significance.
Audience Take Away:
1) Teacher needs to focus on student strength and stress them on a consistent basis to improve his achievement.
2) Presenting several opportunities for student to demonstrate his strength on time management.
3) Conducting a time management workshop which is highly interactive to help student managing his time effectively.
4) After workshop attending, student should do such things as state his long- and short-term goal, organize and prioritize assignments and commitments.
5) An academic advisor plays role by sharing student’s agenda of assigned duties, to be more realistic and less anxious attitude of time management.