Marshall nursing faculty to conduct research on student retention to meet demand for nurses; participants for study needed

NancyElkinsA  nursing faculty member is seeking persons who started, but did not complete, Bachelor of Nursing degrees in the last ten years to participate in a study. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Dr. Nancy Elkins of the  College of Health Professions will begin her qualitative research soon with students who did not complete their four-year baccalaureate nursing programs in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia. Elkins said the results from this research study would help to improve retention rates at Marshall University and surrounding universities.

Volunteers who are interested in participating in the study can contact Elkins by e-mail at or by calling ext.  6-2617. Participants in the study will receive $50 for a one-hour interview.

Elkins said research such as this is necessary when one considers the number of nurses who will be needed over the next several years.

“The nursing shortage is expected to grow and it is projected that the United States will need an additional 340,000 nurses by the year 2020, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing,” Elkins said.

Elkins said the registered nurse workforce is one of the top ten occupations in the United States with an expected job growth of 26%, which is an increase of 1.2 million nursing jobs through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The results of this study may assist administrators of BSN programs with nursing student retention and program completion, which will help meet the challenge of the nation’s growing deficit of nurses,” Elkins said.

She will conduct her research alongside her co-investigator and fellow nursing colleague, Dr. Joy Cline. Cline said the results from this study could increase the number of nursing graduates and therefore improve health care throughout the U.S.

“Dr. Elkins has begun to implement strategies within our School of Nursing to help prepare students to successfully complete their BSNs through her proposed Introduction to Nursing course,” said Dr. Denise Landry, chair of the School of Nursing.  “The School of Nursing is reviewing and revising the curriculum and it is a course that may exist in upcoming semesters.”

For more information on research initiatives in the  School of Nursing, visit online.


Photo: Dr. Nancy Elkins is researching student retention in the School of Nursing.