ERIC Number: ED092666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Dropouts from Nursing Education: Who They Are and What Happens to Them.
Miller, Michael H.
Little definitive data exist about what happens to the large numbers of students who drop out of nursing programs. This study examined the reasons for withdrawal, level of alienation, and alternative career choices of 140 first year dropouts from six nursing programs in Tennessee. The results show that the dropouts are not alienated from nursing. In fact, the majority retained a high interest in the profession. Over one quarter of the dropouts returned to a nursing program within one year of their withdrawal while another 25 percent entered a non-nursing college program. Those working were likely to choose a position in the medical mileau. Most dropouts withdrew because of personal problems, not academic difficulty. Only a small portion left because they disliked nursing. The dropouts' alternative career choices appear more related to the type of nursing program they were enrolled in than their reasons for dropping out. (Author)
Descriptors: Career Change, Career Choice, Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Characteristics, Dropouts, Medical Education, Nursing, Nursing Education, Student Alienation
Dr. Michael H. Miller, School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee