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Predictive Power of Individual Factors and Clinical Learning Experience on Academic Success

Findings From a Longitudinal Study

Dante, Angelo PhD, RN; Fabris, Stefano MNS, RN; Palese, Alvisa MNS, RN on behalf of RIASI group

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000132
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Academic failure is the inability of a nursing student to graduate or to complete the nursing degree on time. This longitudinal cohort study, involving 2 Italian universities, documents the effects of selected individual variables and the quality of the clinical learning experience as perceived by students on academic success. Factors related to the clinical learning experience were the quality of the supervisory relationship, pedagogical atmosphere, and commitment of the ward related to the level of personalized nursing care delivered and clarity of nursing documentation.

Author Affiliations: Professor in Charge (Dr Dante), School of Nursing, Trieste University; Professor in Charge (Mr Fabris) and Associate Professor in Nursing (Ms Palese), School of Nursing, Udine University, Italy.

Funding was provided through a grant from the Nursing Boards of Udine Gorizia (Italy, Collegio IPASVI Udine Collegio IPASVI Gorizia).

RIASI Group (Research of Academic failure of nursing Students in Italy): Udine University (Italy): Illarj Achil, Loretta Caporale, Irene Comisso, Giampiera Bulfone, Teresa Bulfone, Nadia Urli, Antonietta Zanini, Stefania Zuliani. Trieste University (Italy): Fedel Edi Maurizio, Graceffa Giuseppina, Placenti Franca, Serafini Lina. Nursing Board, Udine (Italy): Sabrina Spangaro, Fabia Bassan, Flavia Crisetig, Fulvia Croatto, Alessandra de Reggi, Miria Del Forno, Elio Drigo, Claudia Iogna Prat, Pamela Margarita, Massimo Noacco, Roberto Paroni, Marika Pascolo, Raffaella Pistrino, Marta Pordenon, Tiziana Tellini, Marco Tomasino, Omar Trombini, Lorena Venier, Graziana Zoldan.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Palese, School of Nursing, Udine University, Viale Ungheria 18, 33100 Udine, Italy (

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Accepted for publication: November 27, 2014

Published ahead of print: January 30, 2015

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