The relationship between reading comprehension skill assessment methods and academic success for first semester students in a selected Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in Texas

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Title: The relationship between reading comprehension skill assessment methods and academic success for first semester students in a selected Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in Texas
Author: Cook, Jennifer D. M.
Abstract: This retrospective descriptive study addressed the relationship between reading comprehension skills as measured by the Nelson -Denny Reading Test and the Nurse Entrance Test and indices of academic success (i .e . , grade point average of prerequisite science courses and overall grade point average ) prior to admission for students in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program with student success in the first semester of nursing coursework . Overall , there has been a continual decline in average reading ability of college -aged students . Reading is a basic skill for learning and academic success . To successfully complete an academic program of study in preparation to become professional nurses , students must be able to read and apply material from textbooks and journals . With the well -documented nursing shortage , any attrition from a nursing program contributes to the professional dilemma . Correlational and descriptive methods were used to determine the relationships among the variables for 179 students in this selected Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN ) program . A comparative approach was used to investigate possible cause and effect relationships between measures of academic success of students and reading comprehension abilities . Data were obtained from official academic records and test results for the Nelson -Denny Reading Test and the Nurse Entrance Test . Statistical procedures used to understand and interpret the interactions among and between the variables and included frequency distributions , descriptive statistics , correlational analysis , and a regression model . Results of the study , limited to the students in this BSN program , indicated that reading comprehension , as measured by the Nelson -Denny Reading Test , was better in identifying student risk for academic failure . There was a positive relationship between the grade point average (GPA ) for prerequisite science courses , overall cumulative GPA , and GPA for the first semester nursing courses . Early determination of reading comprehension ability provides needed information to direct intervention activities to improve individual reading comprehension abilities and , thus , promote successful academic performance in the first semester of this nursing program and thereafter .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /4728
Date: 2007-04-25

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The relationship between reading comprehension skill assessment methods and academic success for first semester students in a selected Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in Texas. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /4728 .

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