Staying the course

Examining enablers and barriers to student success within undergraduate nursing programmes


  • Victoria Boyd Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
  • Stephanie Mckendry Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland



Retention enablers, persistence, adult learning, nurse education


In line with current trends towards a positive and enhancement-led perspective, this account of a research project carried out in a Scottish university considers the student nurse experience as a lens for examining retention enablers. Two phases of interviews with final year students from a diverse cohort, many of whom were adult learners, informed the development of a series of themes and recommendations for better understanding factors which encourage persistence. A combination of grounded theory thematic analysis and narrative interpretation was used in this research to encourage a rich biographical component.


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How to Cite

Boyd, V., & Mckendry, S. (2012). Staying the course: Examining enablers and barriers to student success within undergraduate nursing programmes. European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 3(1), 59–75.