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Research was conducted with three groups of students from one-year vocational programs for practical nurses and two-year associate degree programs for registered nurses. Ten academic and demographic variables were studied to determine if the groups were more similar or dissimilar. These studies were carried out in order to lend support to the movement of one-year vocational programs of nursing into institutions of higher learning to award the associate degree. ANOVA testing at the.05 alpha level was used to determine significant differences among the three groups. Pearson product-moment correlation and multiple linear regression studies were used to determine if any one variable or groups of variables were predictive of scores on licensure examinations for practical and registered nurses. There were no significant differences found among groups on six of the ten variables. Four variables showed significant differences. A combination of four variables was found to be predictive of scores on the licensure examination for registered nurses. A single variable was found to be predictive of scores on the licensure examination for practical nurses. It was concluded that students entering one-year vocational programs for practical nurses and students entering two-year associate degree programs for registered nurses were more similar than dissimilar. The research suggests that students now entering one-year practical nursing programs could likely be successful in two-year associate degree programs in nursing. These research findings also indicated which admission criteria to help predict scores on the licensure examinations for nurses and to indicate which students are likely to be successful in nursing education programs.
McDowell, Emily Snider, "A study of academic characteristics of students completing vocational and associate degree programs in nursing." (1990). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 9390.