Speaking with one voice: a study of the values of new nursing graduates and the implications for educators

Tuckett, Anthony (2015) Speaking with one voice: a study of the values of new nursing graduates and the implications for educators. Nurse Education in Practice, 15 4: 258-264. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2015.02.004


Author Tuckett, Anthony
Title Speaking with one voice: a study of the values of new nursing graduates and the implications for educators
Journal name Nurse Education in Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-5953
1873-5223
Publication date 2015-07-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2015.02.004
Volume 15
Issue 4
Start page 258
End page 264
Total pages 7
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Language eng
Abstract This paper explores the values and meaning of the nursing profession utilising a sample of new nursing graduates just entering the workforce. Nursing practice has shifted over the course of the 20th and 21st Centuries, with varied and shifting positions on the values and philosophy that underpin it. Reported here is data from a cohort of Australian and New Zealand nurse graduates (n = 97) who submitted survey responses to the open-ended question “I love nursing and/or midwifery because …” as part of the web-based Graduate e-Cohort Study (GeS). Data were analysed relying on qualitative content analysis. Five themes emerged from the complete analysis of the responses. These themes were; self and personal development, immediate reward (intrinsic work values); meaning making and greater good, mobilities and momentum (extrinsic work values); and person-centred care (social work value). The findings suggest that while economic, workplace, organisational and professional influences may have influenced nursing work, when asked about what they value in nursing, the traditional values emerge as central. Nursing curricula and nurse educators would do well to promote these values and meanings leading to the education and recruitment of individuals suited to the work of nursing.
Keyword Nursing
Graduate
Values
Meaning
Curriculum
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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