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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Margaret Hegge


social networks of nursing students, attitudes of nursing students, academic achievement


This descriptive correlational study was designed to determine the relationship between demographic characteristics, social support, hardiness, help-seeking behavior, and academic performance of RN Upward Mobility student. The setting for the study was a large, multi-campus nursing program within a Midwestern comprehensive land grant university. A self-selected convenience sample of RN Upward Mobility Nursing students participated by filling out a paper and pencil survey. The instrument was comprised of demographic data, two questions on help-seeking behavior, two questions on academic performance, the Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire and the Personal Views Survey.
No significant relationship was found between grade point average and hardiness, social-support, or help-seeking behaviors. There were statistically significant correlations generated from the demographic data that will be useful in planning interventions to facilitate the transition of the returning RN Upward Mobility student. Nursing educators can continue to play a leading role in risk assessment, identification, and interventions of the RN Upward Mobility student.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nursing students -- Social networks
Nursing students -- Attitudes
Academic achievement



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