About the Project
In nursing, research suggested that the most important influencers were family and friends followed by nurse recruiters and interactions with Faculty, students and nurses in the community. A subsequent study suggested that extrinsic motivations such as job opportunities/job security and intrinsic motivations such as the opportunities to help others and work with other people were important factors.
Once the student had chosen their intended career, previous research in nursing suggested that the primary reasons for studying a particular programme were quality, professional and academic aspirations and practical considerations. Literature in this field has a historical context and was undertaken a number of years ago so therefore it would be timely to reconsider some of these aspects again. This project therefore will investigate the reasons for choosing both a healthcare career and what the influencing factors are when selecting a specific program in the UK and the US as to see if there are similarities and differences.
The aim of the project is to determine why students choose the careers they do and their university programme. Using a mixed methods approach the research will investigate reasons for subject and programme choice across a range of healthcare professional students in the UK and US using survey instruments, interviews, and/or focus groups.
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