First Advisor

Cullen, Patricia L.

Second Advisor

Wimett, Lynn


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice


Loretto Heights School of Nursing

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

49 pages


This quality improvement project focused on associate degree nursing students (ADN) at risk for academic problems in the community college setting. Understanding the supply, distribution, and educational requirements for registered nurses (RNs) is an important factor to ensure quality avenues for nursing programs to ultimately provide competent nurses to support the US health care system. The purpose of this project was to identify themes and patterns from the perspectives of ADN students as to what places him or her at risk for academic problems and how faculty could best intervene to help them become successful. Objectives for this project included: 1) Analyze the themes of the perceptions of ADN students self-identified as at-risk for academic problems, 2) Identify perceptions of students on how faculty can help them become successful, and 3) Compare and contrast identified themes with the literature and current educational practices. The project plan included the implementation of a qualitative study that focused on the phenomenological approach that is primarily interested in describing the lived experiences of research participants. This research design included in-depth interviews using open-ended statements to gather data. There were two broad categories that emerged from this study with sub-categories that included teaching methods, faculty/student relationships, test taking skills, grading system, study sessions, encouragement from faculty, and class organization.

Date of Award

Fall 2015

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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