Greener Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health Vol. 3 (1), pp. 007-013, March 2015.
ISSN: 2354-2381 © 2015 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 012915023
Career choice for nursing students in Kuwait
Radia M. Bahman
Nursing tutor, Nursing Institute, Kuwait
Email: radianurse @yahoo. com. Tel: 0096599034139
Background: The process of entering nursing, as one of the pivotal healthcare discipline, certainly affects quality of care, and retention of nurses in the profession.
Aims: Exploring factors affecting the nursing students’ decision to enter nursing and their attitude towards future career.
Subjects and methods: Ninety currently registered students in Nursing Institute, Kuwait participated in a cross-sectional study conducted in 2013. Self-administered questionnaire was used.
Results: Kuwaiti females outnumbered males, while the percentage of non-Kuwaiti males with undetermined nationality (bedoon) were higher than females. The majority of the students (88.9%) mentioned that they knew their future specialty after graduation. The first favorable specialties of the students were school health or primary health care followed by other specialties. Regarding the criteria for choosing nursing career, 48.9% reported like of work, 24.4% due to their scientific excellence, 23.3% due to work dedication, and 20.0% due to self-confidence, and 17.8% due to their committed practical work. The most important ambitions and priorities after graduation for the students were to get suitable work inside Kuwait, want work stability, and complete education.
Conclusions: Improving the complement of nurses, and changing the attitudes and perceptions towards them are crucial to recruit more students in nursing school.
Keywords: nursing students, career choice, attitude.
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