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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

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

Strategies for increasing online graduate nursing student engagement and decreasing attrition

Speaker at Nursing Conferences - Danielle Beasley
Excelsior University, School of Nursing, United States
Title : Strategies for increasing online graduate nursing student engagement and decreasing attrition


The increasing prevalence of online education in graduate nursing programs has brought about unique challenges, including higher attrition rates. Engaging online graduate nursing students is essential for improving program completion rates and ensuring a successful learning experience. This abstract will highlight the effective strategies to decrease attrition by fostering engagement among online graduate nursing students.
Key strategies discussed include clear communication and orientation, active faculty engagement, interactive and collaborative learning opportunities, personalized support services, flexible scheduling, access to resources, regular assessments and feedback, technological integration, continuous improvement efforts, mentorship programs, mental health and wellness support, celebration of achievements, and the importance of transparency and consistency in course management.
By implementing these strategies, nursing educators and institutions can create a supportive online learning environment that enhances student engagement, addresses their unique needs, and ultimately reduces attrition rates. Ongoing evaluation and adaptation of these approaches are crucial for maintaining the effectiveness of online graduate nursing programs.

Audience Take Away Notes: 

  • Nursing Faculty: Strategies to engage graduate nursing students and decrease attrition. 
  1. Clear Communication and Orientation
  2. Faculty Engagement
  3. Interactive Learning
  4. Collaborative Learning
  5. Personalized Support
  6. Flexible Scheduling
  7. Access to Resources
  8. Regular Assessments and Feedback
  9. Engage with Technology
  10. Continuous Improvement
  11. Mentorship Programs
  12. Wellness and Mental Health Support
  13. Celebrate Achievements
  14. Transparency and Consistency
  • Nursing faculty will receive direct guidance with examples that they can put into practice immediately following the presentation. 
  • The current research can be expanded on in faculty research and faculty teaching. The need to decrease attrition with online learners is a national initiative. The strategies provided will yield an efficient delivery method of teaching and learning. The strategies will improve curriculum design and enhance the student experience.  Ultimately decreasing student attrition and resulting in a thriving institution. 


Dr. Danielle Beasley, PhD, RN, RNC-OB, CNE, is a Faculty Program Director in the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Nursing Programs for the School of Nursing at Excelsior University. Dr. Beasley has received numerous awards as an academic leader bestowed by students and faculty during her 19 years of nursing. Dr. Beasley holds a PhD in Nursing Sciences from The University of Florida in 2019. Dr. Beasley’s research includes maternal/child health, focusing on antepartum and postpartum depression, preeclampsia, and postpartum hemorrhage. She has presented her research nationally and internationally. Dr. Beasley is certified in Inpatient Obstetric Nursing, by the National Certification Corporation (NCC). She is credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator, by the National League for Nursing (NLN). Dr. Beasley is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), and Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS).