Nursing Students Who Fail and Repeat Courses: A Scoping Review.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)


Nursing students who fail and are required to repeat courses experience personal consequences and have an impact on the academic institution and nursing profession because of delayed graduation or even attrition.


The purpose was to summarize the literature on nursing students who fail and repeat courses and identify gaps in knowledge about this population.


This was a scoping review.


Academic failure and course repetition have emotional, social, and financial consequences and impact the student, institution, and nursing profession. Nursing student repeaters are at increased risk for poor academic outcomes, but supportive interventions can be beneficial.


The literature lacks a comprehensive description of nursing school progression policies, the incidence of nursing student repeaters, the financial implications of course repetition, and effective interventions to support the academic success of nursing students who repeat courses.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lewis, LS

Published Date

  • January 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 30 - 34

PubMed ID

  • 30865153

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-9855

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-3624

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/nne.0000000000000667


  • eng