Student nurses’ career preferences for working with people with dementia: a longitudinal cohort study

Hebdich, Molly, Daley, Stephanie, Grosvenor, Wendy, Sherlock, Gina, Wright, Juliet and Banerjee, Sube (2022) Student nurses’ career preferences for working with people with dementia: a longitudinal cohort study. Nurse Education Today. a105303. ISSN 0260-6917

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Abstract

Background
Internationally there are too few suitably skilled registered nurses to meet the demands for dementia care. Research has established low preferences in undergraduate nursing students for working with older people. However, there is limited research on preferences for dementia care. Understanding career preferences is one component of ensuring future workforce capacity.

Objective
To assess student nurses' preferences during undergraduate training in relation to working with people with dementia.

Methods
Data from a longitudinal survey collected at two UK universities were analysed (n = 488). Measures included career preferences, demographics, participation in a dementia educational intervention, and measures of attitude, knowledge, and empathy to dementia. Open text responses were also included to explore the students' reasons for their preferences.

Results
The preference for working with older people and people with dementia was low and decreased during training. A linear regression analysis supports a strong relationship of preferences with attitudes to dementia. Content analysis of students' reasons for their preferences found that perceived difficulty and lack of confidence contributes to the negative evaluation of working with people with dementia.

Conclusion
Undergraduate nursing education needs to continue to review its contribution to preparing the dementia workforce and act to support positive attitudes to working with people with dementia across nursing specialties.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
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Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2022 07:41
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2022 11:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/104409

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