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ERIC Number: EJ779076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Attracting and Retaining Learning Disability Student Nurses
Owen, Sara; Standen, Penny
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v35 n4 p261-268 Dec 2007
Recruitment onto pre-registration learning disability nursing courses has decreased considerably over the last decade. This paper reports the findings of the first stage of a longitudinal study that investigated the factors that influence students to train as learning disability nurses, and those that influence their decision to continue or leave the course. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with one cohort of learning disability student nurses (n = 19) within the first 6 months of their starting the Common Foundation Programme. A number of unexpected issues emerged. These revolved around the negativity displayed by some practitioners and tutors about learning disability nursing and how this in turn was impacting on the decision made by four of the students in particular to transfer to other branches of nursing. The paper concludes with some recommendations for Schools of Nursing to ensure that the speciality is seen as an attractive and worthwhile career option.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom