School leavers’ perceptions of Nursing as a career of choice

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dc.contributor.author Mphahlele, Nomonde Euphonia
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-23T07:05:21Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-23T07:05:21Z
dc.date.issued 2011-11-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/10849
dc.description.abstract This quantitative study used a cross-sectional descriptive survey to determine school leavers' perceptions of nursing as a career of choice and how those perceptions influence them in choosing or not choosing nursing as a career. A sample size of Grade 12 school leavers was (n=328). Respondents were invited to participate voluntarily In the study and were selected from 11 public schools from five regions in the Johannesburg district stratified random sampling was employed to select the participating public schools In order to determine the number of respondents per region while the school regions were used as strata. Simple random sampling was used to select participating schools with school names from the sampling frame printed on paper, separated and placed in each bowl representing each of the five regions. Schools were selected randomly from each bowl until the desired sample size was reached. Data was collected by using a 21-itern self-administered questionnaire with closed- and open-ended questions to elicit and describe the school leavers' perceptions of nursing as a career of choice and how those perceptions influence them in choosing or not choosing nursing as a career. Data was analysed through SPSS (Statistical Package for The Social Sciences) Version 13. Results of the study revealed that the perceptions held by school leavers are that nursing as a career of choice is amongst the least popular, less interesting and poorly appealing. This supports the hypothesis that nursing is rated poorly when compared to other career choices of school leavers. Interest in nursing as a career of choice could only be stimulated if the school leavers are given clear, accurate and continuous information on nursing to create awareness about nursing as a career of choice. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject.mesh Nursing en-US
dc.subject.mesh Carreer Choice en-US
dc.title School leavers’ perceptions of Nursing as a career of choice en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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