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J Nurs Educ. 2000 May;39(5):211-8.

Influencing aspects in nursing education on Swedish nursing students' choices of first work area as graduated nurses.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Occupational Therapy and Elderly Care Research Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.


It is difficult to recruit RNs to positions in various areas of elder care. The aim of this study is to understand the meaning of Swedish nursing students' reasoning during education about where in the health care system they would like to work as RNs after graduation. The students were interviewed using the same guide at the end of each of their three academic years. In the second and the third year the students kept diaries about their clinical education. A phenomenological-hermeneutic method of analysis was used, and eight themes appeared vital for the students' choice of work area after graduation. The deeper interpretations of the results imply that the students received contradictory messages during the education in elder care. Students found that nurses working in this field were often isolated with no apparent support system, which in turn reinforced their own ambivalence and reluctance towards future work in elder care.

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