Identification of factors related to success on Texas state board examinations in vocational nursing
This descriptive, nonexperimental, correlational study was designed to determine the relationship between preentrance examination scores, other selected variables and Texas State Board Examination (SBE) scores in vocational nursing. The population included 17 vocational nursing (VN) programs within 50 miles of the Houston, Texas, city limits. The sample consisted of 102 graduates from seven of these programs. Four preentrance examinations were identified as screening tools used by these VN programs, i.e., Psychological Corporation Entrance Examination for Schools of Practical Nursing (PCEESPN), American College Test (ACT), Psychological Service Bureau (PSB), Stanford Reading and Otis Mental Ability (OMA) tests, and subjects were divided into four groups accordingly. Descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, and correlation coefficients were produced for each examination and for each selected variable. The findings indicated that significant positive relationships existed between most subtest areas as well as composite scores of each preentrance examination and the SBE scores. In addition, of the other selected variables, National League of Nursing Achievement Exams in Practical Nursing were found to be significantly correlated only in the group using the ACT. No other variables, i.e., number of dependents, number of months work experience in a health or nursing related field, last grade completed, high school rank, marital status, GED, or post secondary semester hours, were found to be significantly related to the SBE scores in vocational nursing. The conclusions and implications made from these findings imparted the significance of preentrance testing, which generally indicated verbal abilities and general academic or composite scores, and NLNAE in PN with SBE scores in vocational nursing.