Choosing a Nursing Career During a Global Health Event: A Repeated Cross-Sectional Study

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Abstract

Background: Although in the past, the decision to enter the nursing profession was mainly due to intrinsic motives, more recent generations present additional extrinsic career choice motives. The motivation of choosing a nursing career may be affected by global health events, such as COVID-19. Purpose: To examine the motivation for choosing a nursing career during COVID-19. Methods: A repeated cross-sectional study was conducted among 211 first-year nursing students at a university in Israel. A questionnaire was distributed during 2020 and 2021. Linear regression evaluated the motives that predict choosing a nursing career during COVID-19. Results: Intrinsic motives were the leading motives for choosing a nursing career in a univariate analysis. A multivariate linear model revealed that choosing a nursing career during the pandemic was associated with extrinsic motives (β=.265, P <.001). Intrinsic motives did not predict choosing a nursing career during COVID-19. Conclusion: Reassessment of motives among candidates may help the efforts of faculty and nursing to recruit and retain nurses in the profession.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E116-E121
JournalNurse Educator
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2023

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • career choice
  • global health events
  • nursing profession
  • self-determination theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Education
  • General Nursing
  • LPN and LVN

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