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University of Stirling

1. Neilson, Gavin R. School leavers into nursing: a study of high academic achieving school pupils in Scottish schools.

Degree: EdD, School of Education, 2008, University of Stirling

ABSTRACT The central objective of the study was to better understand 5th and 6th year school pupils’ perceptions of nursing as a career choice and to obtain current data regarding the recruitment situation pertaining to school leavers pursuing nursing as a career choice. This was achieved by utilising a multi-strategy approach which involved the use of a self-administered questionnaire (n = 1062) and the interviews of 20 paradigmatic cases. The school pupils came from 11 schools, with different socio-demographic profiles, from one educational area in Scotland. The study found that only 8.8% (n = 56) of school pupils who had made a career choice had chosen to pursue nursing as a career, despite the fact that 82.4% of the school pupils in the sample had the necessary academic qualifications to enter the student nurse education programme. Merely 21.2% of all the pupils had actually considered nursing as a career choice. The findings would appear to suggest that those pupils who had chosen to pursue nursing as a career choice are committed to this choice. As 93% of the pupils would still continue to pursue nursing as a career choice even if they obtained better grades in their examinations than they expected. Equally resolute in their choice were the pupils who had chosen not to pursue nursing. Of the school pupils in the sample who had not chosen to pursue nursing as a career choice 88.5% of the school pupils stated that even though they did not get the exam grades that they expected they still would not pursue nursing as a career. What was also significant was that of the school pupils who had not chosen nursing as a career choice 86.9% of the pupils stated that they would not consider nursing as a career option in the future. The gender breakdown of school pupils who had made a career choice showed that 2.5% of male pupils who had made a career choice had chosen to pursue nursing. 14% of female school pupils who had made a career choice had chosen to pursue nursing. Further examination in relation to the gender breakdown of those pupils who had chosen to follow nursing as a career revealed that males only accounted for 12.5% whereas females accounted for 87.5%. This would seem to propose that a gender bias still exists in relation to nursing as a career choice. Nursing was not ranked particularly highly by the pupils as a career choice. Male pupils ranked nursing 13th out of the 14 main career choice categories. While female pupils ranked nursing 8th out of the 14 main career choice categories, this being only slightly better than secretarial/administration. Parents appeared to have a major influence on the pupils’ career choice and there was evidence that parents as well as further significant others were influencing against a career in nursing. Nursing does not seem to be a popular career choice among school pupils. There is strong evidence from the questionnaire data to suggest that there are a number of problem indicators which could propose that recruitment of school pupils into nursing could…

Subjects/Keywords: Images of nursing; career choice; paradigmatic cases; School pupils reasons for choosing nursing as a career; what would make nursing better as a career choice for school pupils; work experience and nursing as a career choice; High academic achieving school pupils; influence of significant others regarding nursing as a career choice; The endangered species of school pupils pursuing nursing as a career choice; nursing's ranking as a career choice; level of academic attainment of those school pupils who enter nursing; has the implementation of Project 2000 made any significant difference in relation to making nursing more attractive as a legitimate career option for school pupils; Academic achievement Scotland; Nursing Vocational guidance; High school graducates Employment Scotland

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APA (6th Edition):

Neilson, G. R. (2008). School leavers into nursing: a study of high academic achieving school pupils in Scottish schools. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Stirling. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1755

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Neilson, Gavin R. “School leavers into nursing: a study of high academic achieving school pupils in Scottish schools.” 2008. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Stirling. Accessed December 13, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1755.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Neilson, Gavin R. “School leavers into nursing: a study of high academic achieving school pupils in Scottish schools.” 2008. Web. 13 Dec 2019.

Vancouver:

Neilson GR. School leavers into nursing: a study of high academic achieving school pupils in Scottish schools. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Stirling; 2008. [cited 2019 Dec 13]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1755.

Council of Science Editors:

Neilson GR. School leavers into nursing: a study of high academic achieving school pupils in Scottish schools. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Stirling; 2008. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1755

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