ERIC Number: ED038490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Choice and Satisfactions of Licensed Practical Nurses. League Exchange No. 87.
Treece, Eleanor Mae Walters
This study explores factors characterizing persons who have selected practical nursing as a career, the satisfactions of those who have remained in the field, and the reasons some individuals have left. All 1,139 graduates of the 12 1-year practical nurse programs in Minnesota for the years 1955, 1960, and 1964 were sent questionnaires, and 1,001 (88 percent) were completed. Some conclusions were: (1) Recent graduates had more post-high school educational experience, and were more supportive of their vocational choice, more willing to praise their school's high standards, and more inclined to criticize some aspects of their practical nurse programs, (2) Decisions to enter the field are made relatively late, (3) Licensed vocational choices seem to be based on personal interests, (4) Persistence in practical nursing is more likely when the graduate is single or widowed or feels "fairly well accepted" by the community, (5) Continuation in a specific practical nursing job is more likely when there are definite expectations of advancement, and (6) The licensed practical nurse's greatest vocational problem seems to be their rather ill-defined role. The questionnaire and 33 statistical tables are appended. (JK)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Career Choice, Doctoral Dissertations, Graduate Surveys, Individual Characteristics, Job Satisfaction, Labor Force Nonparticipants, Nurses, Practical Nursing, Role Perception
National League for Nursing, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10019 (Publication No. 38-1351 $2.00)
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Authoring Institution: National League for Nursing, New York, NY. Dept. of Practical Nursing Programs.