Student Success Centers in Nursing Education: A Case Study Example

Journal of Nursing Education / June 2020

This study examines the impact of a student success center at an academic health science center on diverse student nurse performance. A process for determining student needs and narrowly tailored support interventions was determined through a modified Delphi focus group of students enrolled in a Hispanic Serving Institution's undergraduate nursing program. Findings of this study are presented along with the 5-year outcomes associated with the center's efforts. Implementation of these narrowly tailored interventions has led to a considerable improvement in student engagement, as well as higher first-time pass rates on the NCLEX-RN® examination by graduates. To address the critical shortage of diverse nurses in the United States, schools of nursing must provide all necessary support mechanisms to ensure underrepresented and first-generation college students have every opportunity to graduate and enter the nursing workforce.