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Shifting the Focus: Increasing Engagement and Improving Performance of Nursing Students in Bioscience Subjects Using Face-to-Face Workshops to Reduce Anxiety

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Cox, JL and Crane, JW, Shifting the Focus: Increasing Engagement and Improving Performance of Nursing Students in Bioscience Subjects Using Face-to-Face Workshops to Reduce Anxiety, International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22, (7) pp. 11-22. ISSN 2200-4270 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

The difficulty many undergraduate nursing students experience with science subjects is often attributed to deficiencies in background knowledge, but anxiety about science subjects could also play a role. While reports indicate that nursing students feel anxious about science-based subjects, the cause of this anxiety and how to reduce it has received less attention. This project aimed 1) to identify the sources of anxiety experienced by nursing students at the start of their first year, and 2) to develop a workshop to reduce anxiety and enhance engagement with science subjects. When surveyed, a substantial proportion of nursing students reported feeling anxious about a range of science and non-science-based activities. To address this anxiety, a two-day, face-toface workshop was developed and made available to nursing students. Attendees report that the workshops reduced their anxiety and enhanced their engagement with science subjects. In addition, the final grades and the rate of progression of workshop attendees through their nursing course have been significantly higher than nonattendees. These outcomes demonstrate that face-to-face workshops aimed at reducing anxiety can improve nursing studentís engagement with, and performance in, bioscience subjects.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:science, anxiety, nursing, first-year, workshops
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and Pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
UTAS Author:Crane, JW (Dr James Crane)
ID Code:126384
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Office of the School of Medicine
Deposited On:2018-06-07
Last Modified:2018-09-06
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