Progression Rates Among Rural Junior-I Pre-licensure Nursing Students Using a Math Academic Coaching Program

Authors

  • Kellie LaVaun Middleton Francis Marion University
  • Tracy P George Francis Marion University
  • Kate Jones University of South Carolina
  • Sarah Kershner Francis Marion University
  • Robyn Morgan Francis Marion University

Abstract

Purpose: Math competency is a content area in which some rural pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students struggle, contributing to lower completion rates. The purpose of this project was to determine if a Math Academic Coaching Program (MACP) can increase first semester nursing student success with math proficiency in medication dosage calculations.

Sample: First semester Bachelor of Science nursing students at a rural, public university in the Southeastern United States participated in this study.

Method: Six online learning modules were provided. A quantitative, quasi-experimental approach was used to measure successful completion of the Medication Dosage Competency Exam (MDCE) and Junior-I progression using frequency distributions and means to compare MACP group to the traditional teaching math group. Participation was voluntary.

Findings: The MACP improved MDCE scores and progression rates compared to previous semesters of students who did not complete the MACP.

Conclusion: The MACP was an effective way to teach math skills to rural first-semester nursing students, assist them in success in the MDCE, and increase patient safety through proper medication calculations and dosing.

Keywords: nursing students, drug dosage calculations, academic success, rural nursing education

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14574/ojrnhc.v22i1.688

Author Biographies

Kellie LaVaun Middleton, Francis Marion University

DNP-NEL, MSN-NE, BSN, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing and Skills Laboratory Coordinator

School of Health Sciences

Tracy P George, Francis Marion University

DNP, APRN-BC, CNE
Associate Professor of Nursing, Coordinator of Bachelor of General Studies Program and J. L. Mason Endowed Chair,  School of Health Sciences

Kate Jones, University of South Carolina

DNP, RN, CENP, CCM
Associate Professor, Program Director for Post Master's DNP (APRN & NEL) and MSN Nursing Administration, and Interim Program Director: MSN & CGS Nursing Informatics, College of Nursing

Sarah Kershner, Francis Marion University

PhD, MPH
Chair of the Department of Healthcare Administration, and Associate Professor,  School of Health Sciences,

Robyn Morgan, Francis Marion University

Coordinator of Special Events and Community Affairs

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Published

2022-05-16