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Attitudes of Hong Kong high school students towards the nursing profession


Rossiter, JC and Foong, A and Chan, PT, Attitudes of Hong Kong high school students towards the nursing profession, Nurse education today, 19, (6) pp. 464-471. ISSN 0260-6917 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1054/nedt.1999.0331


The increased development of hospital services in Hong Kong over the last decade has given rise in the demand for more recruits to join the nursing profession. Despite the advancement in education and the improvement in the working conditions, the problems of attracting sufficient new recruits remain critical. This study aimed to examine high school students' attitudes towards the nursing profession and to identify the contributing factors affecting shortage of nurses within the context of Hong Kong. A convenience sample of 375 high school students was recruited. A questionnaire was used to measure their knowledge, attitudes and intention to study nursing. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to describe their career preferences and to compare knowledge, attitudes and intention scales between gender and nursing exposure groups. Results indicated that the students were generally knowledgeable about nursing but were reluctant to pursue nursing as a career. However, students who were socially acquainted with a nurse demonstrated a slightly more positive attitude towards nursing and slightly higher intention to pursue nursing as a career compared with those having no social acquaintance with a nurse. Implications for promotion of nursing profession and limitations of the study were discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Attitudes; High school students; Nursing; Hong Kong
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Foong, A (Dr Andrew Foong)
ID Code:125296
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-04-12
Last Modified:2018-04-16

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