Developing a national computerised absence monitoring and management system to reduce nursing student attrition: evaluation of staff and student perspectives

Kay Currie, Jacqueline McCallum, John Murray, Janine Scott, Evelyn Strachan, Linda Yates, Marty Wright

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Abstract

Reducing avoidable nursing student attrition is an international challenge. A pattern of falling attendance is recognised as a frequent precursor to withdrawal from nursing programmes. To address concerns regarding nursing student attrition, the Scottish Government implemented a pilot project for a centralised Computerised Absence Management and Monitoring System (CAMMS). The CAMMS adopted an ‘assertive outreach’ approach, contacting students every two weeks via colour coded letters to tell them whether their attendance was ‘excellent’, ‘good, but potentially causing concern’; or ‘warning; attendance concerns/contact academic staff for support’. This article reports key findings from an evaluation of CAMMS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)738–743
Number of pages6
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume34
Issue number5
Early online date19 Aug 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • nurse education
  • database
  • absence monitoring

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