The aspiring dietitians study: A pre-enrolment study of students motivations, awareness and expectations relating to careers in nutrition and dietetics.

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Title The aspiring dietitians study: A pre-enrolment study of students motivations, awareness and expectations relating to careers in nutrition and dietetics.
Author Hughes, Roger Michael; Desbrow, Ben
Journal Name Nutrition & Dietetics
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract Subjects: Sixty-three student applicants to the Griffith University Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Program over the 20022003 period. Main outcome measures: Attitudinal data about the motivations, competency expectations and career plans of Nutrition and Dietetic program applicants. Analysis: Qualitative content analysis. Results: Student applicants had a mix of health science and exercise science undergraduate training backgrounds, were in their early to mid-20s and were recent graduates. The most common motivations for becoming a dietitian was a long-term primary interest in nutrition, health and helping people inspired by previous experience with other dietitians, family or personal illnesses and significant others such as mothers and teachers. Approximately 30% of applicants reported being motivated by personal experiences (self or friends) with obesity or eating disorders. High-level communication and organisational skills and nutrition knowledge were the common competency expectations of dietitians among potential students. Most reported working clinically, running a private practice (particularly in sports nutrition) or in mixed practice settings with autonomy and practice diversity as long-term career aspirations. There was a generally low level of specific awareness of public health nutrition or food service management practice opportunities in the profession. Conclusions: There appears to be a need to further market the diversity of practice in the profession to senior school-age and undergraduate students so that applicants are more informed of the realities of career opportunities.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1747-0080.2005.00015.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2005 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at [www.blackwell-synergy.com.]
Volume 62
Page from 106
Page to 109
ISSN 1446-6368
Date Accessioned 2005-12-12
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Nutrition and Dietetics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/4876
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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