Identifier

etd-01082010-143837

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Human Resource Education and Workforce Development

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe what a sample of registered nurses in the state of Louisiana, who are members of the Louisiana State Nurses' Association (LSNA), identify as deterrents to participation in web-based graduate nursing programs. Two hundred and eighty one RNs participated in the study. The 54 item four point Likert - type interval scale Deterrents to Participation in Web-Based Graduate Nursing Programs Survey Instrument was utilized to measure what LSNA member RNs identified as deterrents to participation in web-based graduate nursing programs. Eighteen items assessed demographic information about the respondents. A factor analysis revealed a three factor solution that explained 55.436 % of the total variance in deterrents to participation in web-based graduate nursing programs. The factors were labeled “concerns about quality, cost, and time,” “concerns about access to resources: technological and personal,” and “concerns about electronic mediated communication.” There were four significant findings when comparisons were made with the overall scale mean of the deterrents survey tool. A significant difference was found between computer literacy, current educational status, employment status, and annual household income and the overall scale mean. No significant differences were found between respondents’ age, ethnicity, gender, years of being a registered nurse, marital status, number of children, or parents’ educational status when compared to the overall scale mean of the deterrents survey tool. Multiple regression analysis revealed an overall model of three predictors of deterrents to participation in web-based graduate nursing programs: no computer literacy, annual household income between 20,000 and 50,000 dollars, and having the current educational status of graduating from a diploma RN program. This model accounted for 21% of the variance in the deterrents to participation scores.

Date

2010

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Machtmes, Krisanna

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