Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ed.D. in Education



First Advisor

K. B. Melear

Second Advisor

Amy E. Wells Dolan

Third Advisor

Ryan Niemeyer

Relational Format



The three-manuscript dissertation is based on perceptions and personal strategies of successful third-semester nursing students about retention interventions at Holmes Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program on the Grenada Campus. Retention and attrition of nursing students is a current area of concern at Holmes Community College in the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Understanding adaptations that led third-semester students in the ADN program to be successful in their first-year is the focus of this study. The research questions seek to answer second-year, third-semester students’ perceptions of their first-year experiences of faculty interventions and personal strategies applied for success. Understanding adaptations and personal strategies utilized by first-year students could increase efforts to further improve retention of students in their first year of nursing school. Manuscript one will provide a review of what nursing school entails and the importance of the retaining nursing students to be successful in Holmes’ Associate Degree Nursing Program. Manuscript two will provide an overview of the data collection and presentation of findings related to the research in answering the research questions proposed. The final manuscript will present recommendations for implementation and dissertation plans to satisfy the requirements.



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