Relationship of Lifestyle with Academic Achievement in Nursing Students

J Clin Diagn Res. 2017 Mar;11(3):JC01-JC03. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2017/24536.9501. Epub 2017 Mar 1.

Abstract

Introduction: A healthy lifestyle is one of the main factor in maintaining the health of people in society. With regard to the role of youth and students in public health, they must complete and follow a training program on lifestyle related factors. One of the main aim of the training centres is to improve the academic achievement of students.

Aim: This study was designed to determine the correlation of lifestyle with academic achievement in nursing students.

Materials and methods: This was a cross-sectional study, wherein all nursing students of School of Borujen Nursing were selected by census sampling. Data gathering tool was Walker's lifestyle questionnaire which was modified for the purpose of the study. To evaluate the educational status of students, final grade point average was considered as an indicator of academic achievement. To analyze the data, SPSS version 16.0, and descriptive and analytical tests were used.

Results: The results indicated that most subjects (61.01%) displayed moderate levels of lifestyle. Pearson's correlation coefficient showed the significant positive relationship between lifestyle and academic achievement (p=0.03 and r=0.628).

Conclusion: To improve the academic achievement of students, in addition to the cognitive abilities-perception, their lifestyle should also be considered. Therefore, it is suggested to incorporate lifestyle education in the curriculum of nursing students so as to improve their lifestyle.

Keywords: Grade point average-Educational status; Health related behaviour; Life style behaviours; Walker’s lifestyle questionnaire.