Socio-cultural perspectives on the image of nursing: the Hong Kong dimension

Authors

  • Andrew L. S. Foong PhD MSc BSc PGCEA AFBPsS Cpsychol RGN RMN,

    1. Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Sciences, International Medical College, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia,
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  • Jo C. Rossiter PhD BSc ADNE RN CM,

    1. Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong,
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  • Po T. Chan MSc

    1. Nurse Instructor, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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Andrew L.S.Foong International Medical College, Kuala Lumpur, 21 Jalan Selangor, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

Abstract

Socio-cultural perspectives on the image of nursing: The Hong Kong dimension¶Using structured interviews a study was undertaken with 19 high school students in Hong Kong to elicit their perceptions of nursing as a profession. The study also sought to gauge the extent of the students' intentions on pursuing a career in nursing. Responses were content analysed to determine the extent of knowledge and understanding held, intentions on choosing nursing as a career and their reasons. Findings suggest the image of nursing to be poor and that nursing as a career is far from desirable amongst the teenagers of Hong Kong. The reasons appear to be related to the notion of monetary rewards and status within the Hong Kong community. There is also a lack of knowledge as to what nurses do. The implications of such findings include the lost potential for recruitment of candidates of high calibre with a lot to offer the profession and their society. It suggests the need for the profession to find ways of publicizing and marketing the positive aspects with elements of realism which the general population in that part of the world could relate to more readily.

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