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Title: PERCEIVED EFFECTS OF PREGNANCY ON THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCES OF FEMALE NURSING STUDENTS IN IMO STATE

Authors: REV. SR. EZENWUBA CLEMENTINA O. RN, RM, BSc, MPH,

Topic: Nursing

Abstract:

This study was on perceived effects of pregnancy on the academic performances of female nursing students in Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State. Nigeria. The objectives of this study was to determine the level of awareness of challenges of pregnancy on the academic performance of nursing students, types of academic challenges due to pregnancy and the effects of pregnancy on the academic performance of nursing students in IMSU. Three research questions were formulated to guide the work. Literature was reviewed based on the objectives. A descriptive survey design was used in which 62 respondents were selected using census survey. Questionnaire was used to collect data that was analyzed using frequency, percentages and charts. Pilot study was conducted and reliability coefficient of 0.8 was obtained. The study revealed that 50 (80.6%) of the pregnant nursing students are aware of the challenges of pregnancy on academic, the students experience challenges such as physical discomfort in 24(38.7%), reduced concentration span in 17(17.7%) and missing of lectures in 53 (85.5%). These affect their academics as they result in (30.6%) absenteeism, (27.4%) low academic performance, (24.2%) difficulty adjusting to motherhood as pregnant students and (17.7%) rewriting of courses.

Conclusion was drawn based on the findings. Recommendations and suggestions were made for further studies were made.

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    COMMENT - 1

  • Bridget Onoiribholo Iweriebor (Viewer) 28th Jan 2015 - 2:03 PM
    This an interesting topic before now Nurses a good one were not all to get pregnant as a student, infarct this is a one
    • CLEMENTINA OBBY EZENWUBA (Author) 2nd Feb 2015 - 12:41 PM
      Hi

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  • Bridget Onoiribholo Iweriebor (Viewer) 28th Jan 2015 - 2:45 PM
    IWERIEBOR ONOIRIBHOLO BRIDGET (Viewer) 28th Jan 2015 - 2:03 PM

    This an interesting topic before now Nurses were not allowed to get pregnant as a student, infarct this is a good one.
    • CLEMENTINA OBBY EZENWUBA (Author) 2nd Feb 2015 - 12:51 PM
      Thanks a lot for your good comment Bridget. That is very encouraging. In fact before now student nurses were not allowed to get pregnant and the reason must not be unconnected with these perceived effects which the students themselves are testifying now they are allowed to be pregnant while studying.

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  • EBENEZER OBI DANIEL (Viewer) 28th Jan 2015 - 3:14 PM
    Interesting. Can we then say that pregnancy is a possible singular factor that can cause low academic performance among nurses. I had many friends who got married as a nursing student, even as best graduating student. Are there no other associated factors?
    • CLEMENTINA OBBY EZENWUBA (Author) 2nd Feb 2015 - 12:58 PM
      Well Daniel you asked a very good question. But remember that it is said that in every rule there is exception. Your friend might be an exception. We cannot say that pregnancy is a possible singular factor, others are there but as far as pregnancy occurs during that period, it is the major factor to impact on the students' academics at the period

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  • REGINA EROMOMEN OWHE (Viewer) 29th Jan 2015 - 2:46 PM
    i agreed with Mr Daniel's contributions but is a good research

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  • CLEMENTINA OBBY EZENWUBA (Author) 2nd Feb 2015 - 12:59 PM
    Thank you so much for the encouragement