Enhancing Nursing as a Career Choice with Fifth-Grade Students


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Abstract

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY▸ The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of a career education program on children's interest in nursing as a career choice, especially related to gender in fifth-grade students.▸ A within-subjects design compared interest in nursing as a career of 70 fifth-grade students before and after participation in a 4-week career education program about nursing.▸ There was a 61% (N = 70, p < 0.001) increase of students expressing they would consider nursing as a career after participating in the career education program.▸ This positive effect was discovered among both male and female students.▸ Further results provided a pre and post-career assessment of the students' development that was congruent with findings from previous vocational studies.▸ The results underscore the positive effect career education can have on children's career interests and substantiate the importance of exposing students to practicing nurses as a key strategy to stimulate interest in nursing to help maintain a steady recruitment of young people into the future nursing workforce.

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