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Biorhythm cycles and test performance of nursing students.

Author

Barbara I. Solon,
Marites  E. Palacio

Related Institution

College of Nursing - Cebu Doctors' University

Publication Information

Publication Type
Thesis/Dissertations
Thesis Degree
BS
Specialization
Nursing
Publication Date
June 1983

Abstract

This a non-experimental study of the relation ship between the biorhythm cycles and test performance of nursing students. The researchers would like to find out if biorhythm cycles affect the students' test performance. this involves 14 female nursing students.


This study utilized all the junior nursing students belonging to Class 1984 who took the subject, Nursing Care of the Adolescents, Adult and Aged III.


The problems of this study are:


"Do biorhythm cycles of nursing students vary?"


"Is there a variation in the performance of nursing students based on their test results?"


"Is there a relationship between the biorhythm cycles and test performance of nursing students?"


The hypotheses accepted are:


The phases of the student nurses biorhythm cycles vary significantly;


There is a variation in the performance of nursing students based on the test results;


There is no relationship between the biorhythm cycles and test performance of nursing students;


The data collecting tool was pre-tested. Since there were no changes with the tool, data collection was started after permission was granted to use the personal records of the study subjects. The researchers copied the students' age, birthdate and scores in the final examination of the subject, Nursing Care of the Adolescents Adults and the Aged III. After collecting the data, these were processed by hand and presented in statistical table.


Determination of the test performance and biorhythm cycles were done. The test performance profile was made by solving the mean and the standard deviation. The results was used to classify them into excellent, very good, good, fair and poor. The biorhythm cycles of each students were also computed, tallied and classified into hing, low and critical. These were double checked with the use of biorhythm calculator to determine the accuracy of the computations. The percentage of each classification was determined. The chi-square of goodness of fit was used to test the variation of students' biorhythm phases and test performance at 0.05 level of confidence. The results of the computations were entered into tables and were interpreted. After this, the chi-square of contingency was used to determine the relationship between biorhythm cycles and test performance at 0.05 level of confidence.


The results showed the following findings:


1. Majority of the students nurses had a low physical biorhythm. Only few had a high physical biorhythm. Nobody was on the critical physical biorhythm.


2. A large percentage (one-half) of the student nurses had a high emotional biorhythm while a small percentage were on the low and critical emotional biorhythms.


3. A greater percentage of the nursing students had a high intellectual biorhythm while a smaller percentage had a low intellectual biorhythm. Nobody had a critical intellectual biorhythm.


4. Almost all of the student nurses had mixed rhythms. A greater percentage had a double high with low rhythm, a lesser percentage had a double low with high rhythm and negligible percentages had a double high with critical rhythms, triple high rhythms and triple low rhythms.


5. The test performance of the student nurses were equally distributed to the very good, good and fair classification.


6. The results of the chi-square of goodness of fit of the student nurses' biorhythm cycles were lesser that the critical value. This means that it was not significantly varied at 0.05 level of confidence.


7. The result of the chi-square of goodness of fit of the nursing students' test performance was greater than the critical value. This means that it was a significantly varied at 0.05 level of confidence.


8. The chi-square of contingency results between the biorhythm cycles and test performance of nursing students were lesser that the critical value which showed that there was no relationship at 0.05 level of significance. Therefore, the null hypotheses was accepted.


The researchers made the following conclusions:


1. The phases of the student nurses' biorhythm cycles did not vary significantly.


2. There is a variation in the test performance of nursing students based on test results.


3. There is no relationship between the biorhythm cycles and test performance of nursing students.


After analyzing the results obtained in this study, the student researchers recommend that a replication of the study be made to verify the reliability and validity of the study. A greater number of study subjects should be included. In addition to this, the students researchers recommended that the biorhythm cycles of nursing students should not only be determined during the examination day but also a day before the  examination in order to give a clearer view of the relationship of biorhythm cycles to test performance based on the day of preparation for it.


 

References

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