Predictors of Emotional Engagement in Online Graduate Nursing Students
Background: Student engagement, specifically emotional engagement, is a predictor to positive learning outcomes and academic success. Autonomy, competence, and relatedness have been associated with engagement; however, these studies have not been done in nursing.
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine if autonomy, competence, and relatedness predicted emotional engagement among graduate nursing students in the online learning environment.
Methods: A descriptive, correlational design was used to determine the levels of and relationships among emotional engagement and autonomy, competence, and relatedness as well as predictors of emotional engagement in students (n = 123) in online nursing programs.
Results: Findings revealed that students were emotionally engaged in their learning, and competence was the only predictor of emotional engagement.
Conclusion: Competency-based learning strategies should be implemented in online learning environments to increase the emotional engagement of graduate nursing students.
Kuchinski-Donnelly D. & Krouse A.M. (2020). Predictors of emotional engagement in online graduate nursing students. Nurse Educator, 45(4), 214-219. http://doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000000769Please note that the Recommended Citation may not be appropriate for your discipline. For help with other citation styles, please visit http://libguides.misericordia.edu/citationguide.