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Nurs Educ Perspect. 2014 May-Jun;35(3):162-6.

Faculty and student perceptions about attendance policies in baccalaureate nursing programs.



To understand perceptions of faculty and students about attendance policies in baccalaureate nursing programs.


Classroom attendance is an issue of debate across academic disciplines.


A mixed-methods study was conducted using qualitative data from a stratified random sample of 65 accredited baccalaureate nursing programs; 591 students and 91 faculty from 19 schools responded.


Sixty-two percent of faculty thought students who missed class exhibited unprofessional behavior; 69 percent believed students who missed class were less successful in the clinical setting. Students (57 percent) and faculty (66 percent) believed there should be an attendance policy. Twenty-nine students reported needing a break in workload (16.8 percent) or did not find class time valuable (11.8 percent).


Variability exists in student and faculty beliefs regarding attendance policies. Understanding these viewpoints and utilizing creative teaching approaches will facilitate learning and create an environment of teamwork and mutual respect.

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