Who wants to work with older people? Swedish student nurses’ willingness to work in elderly care : a questionnaire study

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Who wants to work with older people? Swedish student nurses’ willingness to work in elderly care : a questionnaire study
Author(s) Carlson, Elisabeth ; Idvall, Ewa
Date 2015
English abstract
Background: The ageing population is a globally recognised challenge for the health care service. The growing number of older people will probably lead to increased demands for registered and specialised nurses working in nursing homes and home-based care. Clinical practice is of great importance not only to clinical learning processes, but also how student nurses perceive a particular field of nursing. Objectives: To compare perceptions of the clinical learning environment in nursing homes among students considering a career in aged care or not, and to examine the difference in age, gender and previous working experience as health care assistants in elderly care between the two groups. Design: This was a cross-sectional study. Data were obtained by means of the Swedish version of the Clinical Learning Environment and Nurse Teacher evaluation scale. Methods: Consecutive sampling was performed over three semesters commencing in September 2011 through to December 2012. The survey was conducted with 183 student nurses after completion of a compulsory five week long clinical practice in a nursing home. Mann-Whitney U-test was used to examine differences in relation to two groups namely student nurses who did or did not consider to work in elderly care. A chi-square test of independence was performed to examine the difference in age, gender and previous working experience between the two groups. Results: The analysis leaned towards an overall positive evaluation of the clinical learning environment with more positive values for students considering a career. There were no significant differences between younger students (18-23) and older students (24-50) regarding willingness to work in elderly care or not. Neither was any significant difference displayed between students, based on gender nor for previous work experience. Conclusion: Age, gender and previous work experiences as health care assistants did not impact on students willingness to work in elderly care or not. Therefore, future studies need to acknowledge the complexity of why student nurses choose a particular pathway in nursing by longitudinal studies following cohorts of students during the course of the nursing programme.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2015.03.002 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue Nurse Education Today;7
Volume 35
ISSN 0260-6917
Pages 849-853
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) career
clinical learning environment
older people
student nurses
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18807 (link to this page)

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