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Title: FACTORS INFLUENCING PERSONAL CAREER CHOICE AND PERCEPTION OF NURSES’ CAREER CHOICE AMONG FIRST YEAR ALLIED HEALTH STUDENTS IN SINGAPORE: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY
Authors: LOH YONG JIAN
Keywords: Allied health, Career choice, Healthcare, Influences, Nursing recruitment
Issue Date: 21-Jun-2018
Citation: LOH YONG JIAN (2018-06-21). FACTORS INFLUENCING PERSONAL CAREER CHOICE AND PERCEPTION OF NURSES’ CAREER CHOICE AMONG FIRST YEAR ALLIED HEALTH STUDENTS IN SINGAPORE: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: A rapidly ageing population and nursing shortages, has called for a need to increase the local pool of nurses to cope with the increased healthcare demands. Therefore, to enhance nursing recruitment strategies, it is imperative to identify the underlying factors deterring school leavers from choosing a nursing career. Aims: To explore and compare personal career choice influences to the perception of nurses’ career choice influences among first year allied health students. Methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional quantitative study design was employed. Convenience sampling was used to recruit 248 first year allied health undergraduates from a Singapore university. Online questionnaires consisting of demographic questions and a 35-item Healthcare Career Choice-Nursing Career Choice (HCC-NCC) instrument were administered to the students. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and paired t-tests. Results: Findings revealed “Personal interest” as the most influential factor and “Self-efficacy” as the least influential factor in influencing nurses’ career choice. Nurses were perceived as more likely to join nursing due to prior healthcare exposure, nature of work, job prospects, and social influences. Allied health students perceived lesser diagnostic abilities, greater amount of challenges, demands and hygiene tasks involved, and lesser parental support in a nursing career as deterring factors to join nursing. Conclusion: This study identified several reasons that could have deterred allied health care students from choosing nursing as a career. These included lack of early nursing exposure, low public awareness on nursing prospects, inadequacies in nurses’ remuneration, perception of nursing as a woman’s occupation and misconceptions among parents towards the nursing career. Implications for practice proposed in this study included supporting early nursing exposure, promoting nursing as a profession, comparable salary for nurses, increasing publicity of male nurses, and refining parents’ perception of nursing.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/145859
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