By the year 2030 Texas will have a shortage of 33,500 Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN). The LVN is responsible for providing safe, compassionate and focused nursing care to assigned patients with predictable health care needs. Most LVNS work in settings caring for our ever increasing and aged population. To combat the coming shortage VN programs need to graduate safe, competent, and compassionate nurses, but programs across the state are experiencing high student attrition rates. Admission criteria is a common method to determine student success in nursing programs. This evidence-based practice improvement project synthesized evidence and integrated best practices along with client preference to change the admission criteria to reduce student attrition within a large VN program in Central Texas.

Date of publication

Spring 4-24-2020

Document Type

DNP Scholarly Project



Committee members

Sanrda Petersen, Sandra McCrary-Marshall, Ellen Fineout-Overholt, Cheryl Parker


Doctor of Nursing Practice