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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2023

Tawni Mincks

Speaker at Nursing Conference - Tawni Mincks
Washington State Community College Department of Nursing - Marietta, Ohio, United States
Title : Improving retention rates of associate degree nursing students using an academic support orientation program


Retention rates of students continue to be an issue in higher education, especially the retention rates of students in nursing academic programs. As the nursing shortage continues to increase, the need to replenish the supply of nurses places increased demands on nursing academic programs to increase their number of graduates. However, nurse educators have found that increasing the number of graduate nurses is not as easy as increasing enrollment numbers, offering multiple start dates, and offering accelerated programs. Offering these pathways will not offset the nursing shortage if the nursing academic program cannot retain the students entering them. 
This quality improvement project aimed to implement an orientation program for Associate Degree Nursing students to increase student retention. 
This quality improvement project used a pre/post design. The pre-intervention group included 44 students, and the post-intervention group was 43. The project was conducted at a community college in an Associates Degree Nursing program. Following Jeffreys’ Nursing Universal Retention and Success model, an orientation program for Associate Degree Nursing students was developed to improve retention rates. Retention rates were compared between nursing students who completed an academic support new student orientation program and students who did not complete an orientation program. The orientation program included sessions believed to help support students as they prepared to enter their first semester of nursing school, including curriculum, the student handbook, the learning management system, ATI, student support services, utilizing faculty success coaches, peer support, and developing study skills. 
The project results show that more students were retained in the ADN program after attending the orientation program (post-intervention) n = 28 (65%) compared to students who did not attend the academic support orientation program (pre-intervention) n = 19 (43%). Using an adapted version of Jeffreys’ Enrichment Program Satisfaction Survey, qualitative and quantitative data were collected to evaluate the student perceptions of the satisfaction and helpfulness of sessions presented at the orientation. Overall, students strongly agree that the sessions offered were helpful as they prepared to start their first semester of nursing school. Student narrative responses provided positive insight into the student’s thoughts and feelings regarding the program. 
Based on the results, an academic support orientation program can be implemented to improve the retention rates of first-semester nursing students.

Audience Take Away Notes:

  • Learners will be able to identify the importance of improving nursing student retention rates.
  • Learners will be able to identify student academic and non-academic barriers for retention.
  • Learners will be able to identify evidenced-based strategies for improving student retention rates in nursing academic programs.


Miss. Mincks received her MSN from Walsh University in Canton, Ohio, in 2021. She then obtained a position as an Instructor of Nursing at Washington State Community College in Marietta, Ohio. She quickly advanced her work at Washington State Community College to become an Assistant Professor of Nursing/ Nursing Success Coach. With her anticipated completion of her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Walsh University in August 2023 and documented leadership skills, she was promoted to Assistant Program Administrator of Nursing of the Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing programs in July 2023.