Characteristics of students entering different forms of nurse training


Dr M Murray, Department of Psychology, University of Ulster Vlagee College Londonderry BT48 7JL, Northern Ireland


Developments in nurse training need to be based upon an understanding of the characteristics and aspirations of students In this study, characteristics of a sample of registered nurses (n = 27) and students (n = 41) entering an undergraduate degree programme in nursing were compared with those of student nurses (n = 46) beginning training in a college of nursing It wasfound that the three groups differed in terms of their social background, their reasons for becoming a nurse, their views on nursing, their perceived social competence and their views on the role of the nurse vis-à-vis the doctor Certain sex and social class differences were also apparent The findings are discussed with reference to the selection of students for different forms of training and the content of current nurse training programmes