Stagnant perceptions of nursing among high school students: results of a shadowing intervention study.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

To gain insight into high school students' perceptions of the role of the nurse and to explore students' impressions of nursing following a nurse-shadowing intervention. Often nurses abandon staffing positions in the first 1-2 years, reporting a "poor fit" with nursing. Few studies have examined expectations and perceptions of nursing among high school students; a population of potential nurses in whom a more accurate view of nursing opportunities and professionalism may be fostered. High school students from two North Carolina counties participated in a nurse-shadowing intervention. Constant comparison and thematic coding were used for analysis of post-intervention in-depth interviews. Sixteen of 24 students completed the study. Misperception of nursing was the dominant theme. Five sub-themes were professional role responsibility, teamwork, caring relationships, tools and technology, and medication management. Experiential knowledge of nursing was a core need for students interested in nursing careers. These data suggest that a nurse shadowing program may positively influence perceptions of nursing, and may result in improved recruitment and retention in the workplace.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Porter, G; Edwards, PB; Granger, BB

Published Date

  • July 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 227 - 233

PubMed ID

  • 19616191

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-8481

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 8755-7223

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.profnurs.2009.01.014


  • eng