Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Popularity of Nursing Profession among Career Choices]

FERENCZY Mónika1, GERÖLYNÉ Sipőcz Eszter2, KOMLÓSI Kálmánné3, KARÁCSONY Ilona1, SZABÓ László1

AUGUST 30, 2020

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2020;33(4)

Journal Article

[The aim of the study: The aim of our study was to assess the influencing factors in career choice of students in nursing education. Our quantitative, descriptive, cross-sectional, questionnaire survey was conducted at a high school in Szombathely and on an internet forum between February 2018 and May 2018, with non-randomized targeted expert sampling. High school students currently in nursing education (N = 114) were selected and those who did not fill in the questionnaire were excluded. Data analysis was performed with Microsoft Office Excel 2016 software using descriptive statistical methods and the chi2 test (p <0.05). There was a correlation between parents’ educational attainment and their children’s intentions to continue their education (p <0.01). There was no demonstrable correlation between staying in education and satisfaction with education, practical training in demonstration room and clinical education (p> 0.05). There was no correlation between the appreciation of nursing profession and the intention to continue in the profession (p> 0.05). Nursing care choices have been strongly influenced by the desire to help sick people. The exemplary role of health care staff in education and practice is crucial and can be followed in creating the next generation of nurses.]


  1. Szombathelyi Képzési Központ, Ápolástudományi, Alapozó Egészségtudományi És Védőnői Intézet
  2. Markusovszky Egyetemi Oktató Kórház, Tüdőgyógyászati Osztály
  3. Szombathelyi Képzési Központ, Sürgősségi Ellátási És Egészségpedagógiai Intézet, Szülésznői És Klinikai Koordinációs Tanszék



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