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Type: Journal article
Title: Should nursing-related work experience be a prerequisite for acceptance into a nursing programme?: A study of students' reasons for withdrawing from undergraduate nursing at an Australian university
Author: Wilson, A.
Chur-Hansen, A.
Marshall, A.
Air, T.
Citation: Nurse Education Today, 2011; 31(5):456-460
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0260-6917
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Anne Wilson, Anna Chur-Hansen, Amy Marshall and Tracy Air
Abstract: AIM: This paper reports on two studies that examined why students withdrew from a Bachelor of Nursing degree. BACKGROUND: With the aim of recruiting undergraduate candidates who are the most likely to complete the degree and pursue a nursing career, the University of Adelaide requires high matriculation scores and satisfactory performance in a structured oral assessment as part of the process of selection. METHOD: In the first study, two questionnaires were used to collect data from all applicants before and after an oral assessment. The degree of personal desire and motivation to become a Registered Nurse, including knowledge about nursing and the profession were among qualities rated. For the second study, semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with students who had withdrawn. RESULTS: Statistical comparison showed there were significant differences between continuing and withdrawing applicants in whether or not they had previous nursing-related experience and in knowing someone who was a nurse. The qualitative data reinforced the importance of these factors for attrition. Participants identified emotional issues surrounding an aversion to illness, sickness, pain, suffering and blood. CONCLUSION: The results of both studies suggest that a primary factor in attrition is a lack of realistic expectation regarding nursing as a profession.
Keywords: Humans; Student Dropouts; Nursing Education Research; Qualitative Research; Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate; School Admission Criteria; Schools, Nursing; Students, Nursing; Work; Adolescent; Adult; Middle Aged; Australia; Female; Male; Young Adult
Rights: © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020110951
DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.09.005
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