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Understanding nursing students' perceptions of the general practice environment and their priorities for employment settings

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Aim: To explore final year nursing students' perceptions of the general practice environment and their priorities when choosing a workplace. Design: Online survey, reported following the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) guidelines. Methods: The validated Profession Scale from the Scale on Community Care Perceptions (SCOPE) tool was used to identify characteristics within the general practice environment and the importance of these in choosing a workplace. To explore the factor structure, exploratory factor analysis was undertaken which was used to revise the survey language and flow before widespread dissemination. Results: Three hundred and fifty-five responses were received. Factor analysis revealed three factors: Provision of care, Employment conditions and Nature of work. Respondents exposed to general practice in the Bachelor of Nursing program or who had a general practice clinical placement had significantly different perceptions across all factors. Although wages, advancement opportunities, work pressures and the physical nature of work were perceived as important in choosing a workplace, they were seen as only moderately present in general practice.

Publication Date


  • 2022

Citation


  • Calma, K. R. B., Halcomb, E. J., Fernandez, R., Williams, A., & McInnes, S. (2022). Understanding nursing students' perceptions of the general practice environment and their priorities for employment settings. Nursing Open, 9(5), 2325-2334. doi:10.1002/nop2.1242

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85130701331

Start Page


  • 2325

End Page


  • 2334

Volume


  • 9

Issue


  • 5

Abstract


  • Aim: To explore final year nursing students' perceptions of the general practice environment and their priorities when choosing a workplace. Design: Online survey, reported following the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) guidelines. Methods: The validated Profession Scale from the Scale on Community Care Perceptions (SCOPE) tool was used to identify characteristics within the general practice environment and the importance of these in choosing a workplace. To explore the factor structure, exploratory factor analysis was undertaken which was used to revise the survey language and flow before widespread dissemination. Results: Three hundred and fifty-five responses were received. Factor analysis revealed three factors: Provision of care, Employment conditions and Nature of work. Respondents exposed to general practice in the Bachelor of Nursing program or who had a general practice clinical placement had significantly different perceptions across all factors. Although wages, advancement opportunities, work pressures and the physical nature of work were perceived as important in choosing a workplace, they were seen as only moderately present in general practice.

Publication Date


  • 2022

Citation


  • Calma, K. R. B., Halcomb, E. J., Fernandez, R., Williams, A., & McInnes, S. (2022). Understanding nursing students' perceptions of the general practice environment and their priorities for employment settings. Nursing Open, 9(5), 2325-2334. doi:10.1002/nop2.1242

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85130701331

Start Page


  • 2325

End Page


  • 2334

Volume


  • 9

Issue


  • 5