This project focused on improving the retention rates of at-risk first-semester nursing students by implementing a transition workshop. The background highlighted how social determinants of health may disproportionately impact at-risk nursing student learning and how evidence-based strategies improve retention. The practice question explored whether a transition workshop would enhance the retention of at-risk students. The PICOT framework included: in at-risk nursing students, does implementing a transition workshop versus no transition workshop improve retention rates within the first semester of nursing school? The body of evidence included a systematic review of best practice interventions for at-risk student retention and engagement, student feedback surveys, and pre/post-workshop assessments. The outcomes showed increased student confidence, perceived success ability, and overall retention rates. The project's sustainability will rely on the continued implementation of student workshops and tailoring workshops to address students' unmet needs. Overall, the targeted workshop activities successfully developed success skills for at-risk nursing students, leading to increased confidence, perceived ability to succeed, and higher retention rates in an accelerated BSN nursing program.

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DNP Scholarly Project



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Dr. Gina Nickels-Nelson, Dr. Lauri John


Doctor of Nursing Practice

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