Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2014 , Vol 5, Issue 3
Factors Influencing The Academic Achievement of Nursing Students
Tülay Ayyıldız1, Dilek Konuk Şener2, Funda Veren1, Hülya Kulakçı1, Fatma Akkan3, Asuman Ada3, Ayşe Aldoğan3, Kezban Yeral3, Azize Emek3, Derya Tetik3, Gülşah Dinç3
1Bülent Ecevit Üniversitesi, Sağlık Yüksek Okulu, Hemşirelik, Zonguldak, Türkiye
2Düzce Üniversitesi, Sağlık Yüksek Okulu, Hemşirelik, Düzce, Türkiye
3Bülent Ecevit Üniversitesi, Sağlık Yüksek Okulu, Hemşirelik, Zonguldak, Türkiye
Purpose: This research has been conducted so as to determine the effects of university students' socio-demographic characteristics, self-esteem and levels of anxiety on their academic achievement in a descriptive way.

Study plan: The research was conducted with 308 students attending the nursing department of Bülent Ecevit University Zonguldak Health High School and agreed to participate in the research. A 23-item information form which had been developed by the researchers in order to determine the students' socio-demographic characteristics, the Coopersmith selfesteem scale, and state and constant anxiety scale were used as the tools of data collection. Kolmogorov-smirnov test, averages, standard deviations, mean (min-max), Mann-Whitney U test, Kruskal-Wallis variance test, and Spearman's correlation analysis were employed for the analysis of the data.

Findings-Results: It was found that the students' academic averages differed on the basis of gender (p=0.0001), the type of high school they came from, and their views on the prestige of the nursing profession (p=0.04). It was also found that there were no significant differences between the nursing students' academic achievement and their ordering of their preference of schools, the year they won the exam to enter the school, the scores they received in the self-esteem scale and their contant anxiety scores; whereas significant positive correlations were found between their age (p=0.04, r=0.11) and their school years (p=0.001, r=0.33), and significant negative correlations were found between their state anxiety scores (p=0.03, r= -0.12). Keywords : nursing, university students, academic achievement, self-esteem, level of anxiety