The motivations to nurse: an exploration of factors amongst undergraduate students, registered nurses and nurse managers

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Title The motivations to nurse: an exploration of factors amongst undergraduate students, registered nurses and nurse managers
Author Newton, Jennifer M.; Kelly, Cherene M.; Kremser, Anne K.; Jolly, Brian; Billett, Stephen Richard
Journal Name Journal of Nursing Management,
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Abstract Aim: To explore what motivates individuals to engage in nursing as a career. Background: Recruitment and retention of nurses is a worldwide concern primarily associated with the high attrition of new graduates and an aging workforce. It is therefore necessary to urgently understand why individuals choose to nurse, what keeps them engaged in nursing, and in what ways healthcare systems can support nurses' career development and retention. Method: This paper reports and discusses data from the first interviews in a longitudinal multi method study with 28 undergraduate student nurses, 25 registered nurses, six Nurse Unit Managers and three Directors of Nursing from four hospitals across a healthcare organisation. Results: Thematic analysis yielded four key themes common to all categories of participants: a desire to help, caring, a sense of achievement and self-validation. Conclusions: These themes represented what motivated individuals to enter nursing and sustains them in their chosen career as either nurses or managers. Implications for nursing management: Understanding the personal premises and key motivators that underpin individuals' desires to seek, prepare for and remain in nursing inform effective recruitment, nursing management and practices in retaining nursing staff
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive version is available at
Volume 17
Issue Number 3
Page from 392
Page to 400
ISSN 0966-0429
Date Accessioned 2009-07-18
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Specialist Studies in Education
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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