Hispanics who are registered nurses (RNs) are more likely to enter the nursing profession through an associate degree nursing program and are less likely than any other racial/ethnic groups to complete advanced degrees. The purpose of this study is to explain the relationship between motivators and barriers associated with the intent to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) for Hispanic associate degree nurses (ADNs). The research question for this study was, “how much variance in intent to complete a BSN do Hispanic associate degree nurses attribute to motivators and barriers to returning to school for RN to BSN?”
Ajzen’s theory of planned behavior was the theoretical framework used to guide this cross-sectional, descriptive correlational study. A convenience sample of 85 Hispanic ADNs from a South Texas border city was recruited to participate. There were two instruments used for this study. The Motivators and Barriers to Returning to School: RN to BSN Questionnaire was used to measure gender, age, years of practice as an ADN, area of practice, motivators, barriers, and position concerning a BSN. The Behavioral, Normative, and Control Beliefs Questionnaire was used to measure intent to complete a BSN. Data were analyzed using multiple linear regression.
By assessing the motivators and barriers associated with the intent to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing for Hispanic ADNs, factors that motivate nurses to return to school and those that serve as barriers may be better understood. From this data, strategies that support motivators and decrease barriers may be implemented to help increase the number of Hispanic ADNs obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Date of publication
Dr. Jenifer Chilton, Dr. Danita Alfred, Dr. Marivic Torregosa
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Jimenez, Marissa, "MOTIVATORS AND BARRIERS ASSOCIATED WITH INTENT TO COMPLETE A BSN FOR HISPANIC ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSES" (2020). Nursing Theses and Dissertations. Paper 115.