Predictors of academic performance of nursing and paramedic students in first year bioscience

Whyte, Douglas G., Madigan, Veronica and Drinkwater, Eric J. 2011, Predictors of academic performance of nursing and paramedic students in first year bioscience, Nurse education today, vol. 31, no. 8, pp. 849-854, doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.12.021.

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Title Predictors of academic performance of nursing and paramedic students in first year bioscience
Author(s) Whyte, Douglas G.
Madigan, Veronica
Drinkwater, Eric J.ORCID iD for Drinkwater, Eric J.
Journal name Nurse education today
Volume number 31
Issue number 8
Start page 849
End page 854
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2011-11
ISSN 1532-2793
Keyword(s) nursing education
paramedic education
academic performance
discriminant analysis
multiple regression
Summary The expanding scope of practice of paramedics and nurses demands they possess a sophisticated knowledge of bioscience to enable them to think critically and make rational clinical decisions. It is well documented that nursing students struggle with bioscience but there are no studies examining the performance of paramedic students in this crucial subject. In this study, we compared the academic performance of first year nursing, paramedic and nursing/paramedic double degree students in a bioscience subject. Regression analyses were used to identify predictors of academic success. Data revealed a low success rate in bioscience for all three degree programs (63.2, 58.8, and 67.6% respectively) and a strong correlation between academic success in bioscience and non-bioscience subjects (r(2)=0.49). The best predictors of overall academic success were the University Admission Index score and mature entry into the course. Previous study of biology was associated with an increased bioscience and overall GPA but not with non-bioscience grades. Discriminant analysis was used to develop a model that could predict overall academic success with an accuracy of 78.5%. These criteria may be useful during the admission process and for the early identification of students at risk of failure.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.12.021
Field of Research 1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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