Elsevier publication examines how negative perceptions of nursing affect recruitment

A recently concluded study answers how negative attitudes affect levels of recruitment into nursing in the UK.

The International Journal of Nursing Studies publishes findings of unique study

Amsterdam, 12 May 2004- In conjunction with the annual meeting of Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in the United Kingdom, Elsevier, the leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information, has published the results of a recently concluded study answering how negative attitudes affect levels of recruitment into nursing in the UK. The results of the study are discussed in the paper entitled "Perceptions of nursing: confirmation, change, and the student experience" by David A. Brodie, Gavin J. Andrews, Justin P. Andrews, Gail B. Thomas, Josephine Wong and Lorna Rixon.

 “The study is unique in that it examines the opinions of nursing students about their chosen profession, first upon entering school and later, upon completing their studies,'' said Melanie Tait, Senior Publishing Editor at Elsevier.

The full article appears in the International Journal of Nursing Studies, one of the 60 nursing journals published by Elsevier, and is also available via Elsevier's electronic platform, ScienceDirect®.

Despite staff shortages and global health epidemics, there is still a lack of respect towards nursing, and nurses continue to battle the negative images that surround their profession, including gender stereotypes, subordination to doctors, lower academic standards, limited career opportunities, poor compensation and sub-par working conditions.

The study findings support changes to nursing school curriculum and the promotion of the high-level skill set possessed by nurses, both aimed at understanding and improving student life.

Professor Brodie, from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College and lead author of the study, reports that the work has already resulted in concerted actions to change practice for the better.

The publication of these study results is also especially timely with the International Council of Nurses’ observance of International Nurses Day today.

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