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

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Raymond, Anita, James, Ainsley, Jacob, Elisabeth and Lyons, Judith. (2018) Influence of perceptions and stereotypes of the nursing role on career choice in secondary students: A regional perspective. Nurse Education Today. 62, pp. 150 - 157. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2017.12.028
AuthorsRaymond, Anita, James, Ainsley, Jacob, Elisabeth and Lyons, Judith
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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.

Keywordsnursing students; recruitment; student perceptions; stereotypes; career
Year2018
JournalNurse Education Today
Journal citation62, pp. 150 - 157
PublisherElsevier Ltd
ISSN0260-6917
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2017.12.028
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85041364020
Page range150 - 157
Research GroupSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
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