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The impact of term-time paid work on academic performance in nursing students: A longitudinal study

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: Nursing students in higher education are spending more time in paid employment despite evidence that this can impact negatively on academic performance. Objectives: To examine the effect of paid work on academic performance in undergraduate nursing students. Design: Descriptive, correlational survey with longitudinal follow-up. Participants: Nursing students in metropolitan Sydney, Australia. Methods: First year nursing students surveyed at baseline were followed up at the end of the final year of their nursing program to examine factors influencing academic performance. Results: Of the 566 Year 1 nursing students who were surveyed in the second semester of their Bachelor of Nursing program, 182 students (32%) completed the follow-up survey in Year 3. The percentage of students engaging in paid work during term-time had increased (. p<. 0.001), from 70% in Year 1 to 84% in Year 3. There was an inverse relationship between mean hours in paid work during term-time and nursing students' GPA in their final year. Taking into account demographic factors, the mean hours spent in paid work during term-time had a negative impact on nursing students' GPA (. p<. 0.001). Conclusion: In view of these findings, we suggest that new models of undergraduate nursing education be explored to include faculty approved nursing-related employment with defined opportunities for learning. This would accommodate the dual roles of undergraduate nursing students as students and employees and therefore not endanger their academic performance. �� 2011.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Salamonson, Y., Everett, B., Koch, J., Andrew, S., & Davidson, P. M. (2012). The impact of term-time paid work on academic performance in nursing students: A longitudinal study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 49(5), 579-585. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2011.10.012

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84860252651

Start Page


  • 579

End Page


  • 585

Volume


  • 49

Issue


  • 5

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Background: Nursing students in higher education are spending more time in paid employment despite evidence that this can impact negatively on academic performance. Objectives: To examine the effect of paid work on academic performance in undergraduate nursing students. Design: Descriptive, correlational survey with longitudinal follow-up. Participants: Nursing students in metropolitan Sydney, Australia. Methods: First year nursing students surveyed at baseline were followed up at the end of the final year of their nursing program to examine factors influencing academic performance. Results: Of the 566 Year 1 nursing students who were surveyed in the second semester of their Bachelor of Nursing program, 182 students (32%) completed the follow-up survey in Year 3. The percentage of students engaging in paid work during term-time had increased (. p<. 0.001), from 70% in Year 1 to 84% in Year 3. There was an inverse relationship between mean hours in paid work during term-time and nursing students' GPA in their final year. Taking into account demographic factors, the mean hours spent in paid work during term-time had a negative impact on nursing students' GPA (. p<. 0.001). Conclusion: In view of these findings, we suggest that new models of undergraduate nursing education be explored to include faculty approved nursing-related employment with defined opportunities for learning. This would accommodate the dual roles of undergraduate nursing students as students and employees and therefore not endanger their academic performance. �� 2011.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Salamonson, Y., Everett, B., Koch, J., Andrew, S., & Davidson, P. M. (2012). The impact of term-time paid work on academic performance in nursing students: A longitudinal study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 49(5), 579-585. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2011.10.012

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84860252651

Start Page


  • 579

End Page


  • 585

Volume


  • 49

Issue


  • 5

Place Of Publication