Title

Influence of perceptions and stereotypes of the nursing role on career choice in secondary students: A regional perspective

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Churchill Livingstone

School

School of Nursing & Midwifery

RAS ID

26073

Comments

Originally published as : Raymond, A., James, A., Jacob, E., & Lyons, J. (2018). Influence of perceptions and stereotypes of the nursing role on career choice in secondary students: A regional perspective. Nurse Education Today, 62, 150-157. Article can be found here

Abstract

Background

This study examined the influence that perceptions and stereotypes of the nursing role had on future career choice of rural secondary students.

Objective

The study was undertaken to identify a method of attracting final year secondary school students to an undergraduate nursing degree at a rural University.

Design

A mixed method study using a pre–post-interventional design.

Setting

The rural campus of an Australian university.

Participants

71 secondary students attending a secondary school career development program at a rural Australian university.

Method

Semi structured questionnaires were used for data collection. The surveys were analysed using descriptive statistics and content analysis of open-ended survey questions.

Results

The research supports the importance of being aware of young people's impressions about nurses and nursing as a career, to ensure the successful implementation of targeted recruitment.

Conclusion

Targeted recruitment strategies can increase students' awareness of the wide variety of pathways within nursing, rather than leaving awareness to what family, friends or career advisers tell them, or how nurses are portrayed on television, movies and the media.

DOI

10.1016/j.nedt.2017.12.028

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