Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2014, Page: 25-32
Psychosocial Factors Influencing the Perception and Choice of Nursing as a Profession: A Study at Korle - Bu Nurses’ Training College
Prudence Portia Mwini-Nyaledzigbor, School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon
Samuel Atindanbila, Department of Psychology, University of Ghana, Legon
Gladstone F. Agbakpe, Department of Psychology, Methodist University College Ghana, Dansoman
Edward Abasimi, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University for Development Studies, Tamale
Received: Jan. 10, 2014;       Published: Feb. 20, 2014
DOI: 10.11648/j.pbs.20140301.15      View  3242      Downloads  399
Abstract
This paper explored the psychosocial factors influencing the perception and choice of nursing as a profession by student nurses. Three hundred and sixty student nurses (N=360) were systematically sampled from Korle - Bu Nurses’ Training College in the Accra Metropolis in Ghana. A self-designed questionnaire on the students’ perception of the nursing profession and the factors that influenced their choice of nursing as a career was administered to students in their first, second and third year of study in the programme. The results were analyzed using ANOVA and Chi square Test of Independence. The findings of the study revealed that the students had a favourable perception of nursing as a profession. The psychosocial factors that influenced their choice of nursing included, the opportunity that the profession will offer for them to travel abroad and influence from parents. It was recommended that the government should formulate policies to upgrade remunerations for professional nurses in the country to minimize the exodus of nurses since the study indicated that students had high levels of intention to travel abroad after graduation.
Keywords
Psychosocial Factors, Choice of Nursing, Nursing as a Profession, Korle - Bu Nurses’ Training College
To cite this article
Prudence Portia Mwini-Nyaledzigbor, Samuel Atindanbila, Gladstone F. Agbakpe, Edward Abasimi, Psychosocial Factors Influencing the Perception and Choice of Nursing as a Profession: A Study at Korle - Bu Nurses’ Training College, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2014, pp. 25-32. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20140301.15
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