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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


This study was conducted using a descriptive research design to determine the quality of two Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) written examinations. In addition, the relationship between demographic variables and subjects’ performance on the written examinations was examined. Malcolm Knowles theory of Andragogy provided the Iramework for this study. A convenience sample of 367 subjects was recruited and randomly selected to take either Test A or Test B. The reliability estimates for Test A and Test B were found to be .45 and .54 respectively. Content validity and Item Analysis of test questions were performed. Relationships were found between Test A score and the number of codes an individual participates in per month. Test B score and the number of previous ACLS courses, and Test B score and profession. Recommendations for future research were made regarding ACLS education.


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