The impact of term-time paid work on academic performance in nursing students: a longitudinal study

Salamonson, Yenna, Everett, Bronwyn, Koch, Jane, Andrew, Sharon and Davidson, Patricia M. (2012) The impact of term-time paid work on academic performance in nursing students: a longitudinal study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 49 (5). pp. 579-585. ISSN 1873-491X

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BACKGROUND: Nursing students in higher education are spending more time in paid employment despite evidence that this can impact negatively on academic performance. OBJECTIVES: To examine the effect of paid work on academic performance in undergraduate nursing students. DESIGN: Descriptive, correlational survey with longitudinal follow-up. PARTICIPANTS: Nursing students in metropolitan Sydney, Australia. METHODS: First year nursing students surveyed at baseline were followed up at the end of the final year of their nursing program to examine factors influencing academic performance. RESULTS: Of the 566 Year 1 nursing students who were surveyed in the second semester of their Bachelor of Nursing program, 182 students (32%) completed the follow-up survey in Year 3. The percentage of students engaging in paid work during term-time had increased (p<0.001), from 70% in Year 1 to 84% in Year 3. There was an inverse relationship between mean hours in paid work during term-time and nursing students' GPA in their final year. Taking into account demographic factors, the mean hours spent in paid work during term-time had a negative impact on nursing students' GPA (p<0.001). CONCLUSION: In view of these findings, we suggest that new models of undergraduate nursing education be explored to include faculty approved nursing-related employment with defined opportunities for learning. This would accommodate the dual roles of undergraduate nursing students as students and employees and therefore not endanger their academic performance.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Academic performance, Longitudinal study, Nursing education, Nursing students, Paid work
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2013 09:54
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:17

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