The last decade has brought about a synergy of influences for registered nurses to advance their academic preparation. Literature indicates that there is correlation between self-efficacy and goal establishment and success. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the relationship between self-efficacy and advancing academic aspirations of registered nurses. Findings indicated that there was a trend toward a difference in the self-efficacy of nurses who began their career with a diploma or associate degree and went on for academic advancement and those who did not.
Susan Winslow, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, APHN-BC, is Director of Nursing Education and Community Services, Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA.
Pamela DeGuzman, PhD, MBA, RN, is Assistant Professor of Nursing, Roberts Scholar, and Fellow, UVa Center for Design and Health at The University of Virginia School of Nursing.
Pamela Kulbok, DNSc, RN, PHCNS-BC, FAAN, is Theresa A. Thomas Professor of Public Health Sciences and Chair, Department of Family, Community & Mental Health at The University of Virginia School of Nursing.
Stephanie Jackson, DNP, RN, CNS, ACNS-BC, is Director of Professional Practice and Magnet Program Director at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.
ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Susan Winslow, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, APHN-BC, Martha Jefferson Hospital, 500 Martha Jefferson Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).