Are skills learned in nursing transferable to other careers?

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Title Are skills learned in nursing transferable to other careers?
Author Duffield, Christine; O'Brien-Pallas, Linda; Aitken, Leanne M.
Journal Name Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership
Editor Dorothy Pringle
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Publisher Longwoods Publishing Corporation
Abstract Objective: To determine the influence of skills gained in nursing on the transition to a non-nursing career. Background: Little is known about the impact that nursing skills have on the transition to new careers or about the transferability of nursing skills to professions outside nursing. Method: A postal questionnaire was mailed to respondents who had left nursing. The questionnaire included demographic, nursing education and practice information, reasons for entering and leaving nursing, perceptions of the skills gained in nursing and the ease of adjustment to a new career. Data analysis included exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, Pearson product moment correlations and linear and multiple regression analysis. Results: Skills learned as a nurse that were valuable in acquiring a career outside nursing formed two factors, including "management of self and others" and "knowledge and skills learned," explaining 32% of the variation. The highest educational achievement while working as a nurse, choosing nursing as a "default choice," leaving nursing because of "worklife/homelife balance" and the skills of "management of self and others" and "knowledge and skills" had a significant relationship with difficulty adjusting to a non-nursing work role and, overall, explained 28% of the variation in this difficulty adjusting. Conclusion: General knowledge and skills learned in nursing prove beneficial in adjusting to roles outside nursing.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Volume 18
Issue Number 3
Page from 68
Page to 82
ISSN 1481-9643
Date Accessioned 2006-07-12
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Nursing
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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