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International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship

Editor-in-Chief: Andrusyszyn, Mary-Anne

Ed. by Babenko-Mould, Yolanda / Goldenberg, Dolly / Cragg, Betty / Maltby, Hendrika J. / McWilliam, Carol

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Career Intentions of Nursing Students and New Nurse Graduates: A Review of the Literature

Laureen J Hayes / Carole A Orchard / Linda McGillis Hall / Vera Nincic / Linda O'Brien-Pallas / Gavin Andrews
Published Online: 2006-10-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1548-923X.1281

This paper highlights findings from a literature search to examine the role of nursing education in preparing nurses to meet healthcare demands. The review focused on nursing students’ perceptions of nursing and whether these views change during their nursing studies and impact workplace preferences. Nursing students often enter their program with preconceived ideas of where they want to work following graduation. Large urban hospitals were favored over community care because of the perceived opportunities for support. Of particular importance were the negative views relating to care of elderly patients. Unless attitudes are changed during their nursing studies, they may affect initial job selection. Implications for nursing education include provision of educational experiences that foster an optimistic career outlook in areas where there is a growing need for nursing services. More research is needed to determine how to enable appropriate learning experiences when there are limited resources and practice placements.

Keywords: nursing education; career intentions; new nurse graduates; student to nurse transition

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Published Online: 2006-10-31

Citation Information: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, ISSN (Online) 1548-923X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1548-923X.1281.

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