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���Juggling many balls���: Working and studying among first-year nursing students

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Aims and objectives: To explore the experiences of first-year nursing students, their motivations for working and how they juggled study and other commitments while engaging in paid work. Background: There has been a global rise in the number of students balancing full-time study, paid work and other commitments, with the main antecedent financial reasons. Design: Qualitative exploratory study. Methods: Drawn from a larger Australasian sequential exploratory mixed-method study, this qualitative study was conducted with fifty first-year undergraduate nursing and midwifery students who commenced their nursing studies in 2017. Telephone or face-to-face interviews were conducted with purposively selected students engaged in either nursing or non-nursing fields of work. Interviews were conducted from April���July 2017. Interviews lasted from 15���40��min. Results were thematically analysed. EQUATOR guidelines for qualitative research (COREQ) applied. Findings: Two main themes and accompanying subthemes were identified. The first theme explored students��� motivation behind combining work and study and identified the need for financial security and ���me time���. The second theme ���Juggling many balls��� provided insights into the benefits students perceived, how they kept the ���balls��� in the air and at times dropped ���balls��� while balancing work, study and other commitments. Conclusions: The motivation behind paid work was mainly financial; however, students also reported work allowed an escape and time for self which had social and health benefits. Working provided a range of positive benefits, including a sense of achievement, improved self-esteem and financial independence. Relevance to clinical practice: Being able to juggle and multi-task improved skills such as organisation and the ability to prioritise, all skills that have applicability for the role as registered nurse.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Christiansen, A., Salamonson, Y., Crawford, R., McGrath, B., Roach, D., Wall, P., . . . Ramjan, L. M. (2019). ���Juggling many balls���: Working and studying among first-year nursing students. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(21-22), 4035-4043. doi:10.1111/jocn.14999

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85070099513

Start Page


  • 4035

End Page


  • 4043

Volume


  • 28

Issue


  • 21-22

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Aims and objectives: To explore the experiences of first-year nursing students, their motivations for working and how they juggled study and other commitments while engaging in paid work. Background: There has been a global rise in the number of students balancing full-time study, paid work and other commitments, with the main antecedent financial reasons. Design: Qualitative exploratory study. Methods: Drawn from a larger Australasian sequential exploratory mixed-method study, this qualitative study was conducted with fifty first-year undergraduate nursing and midwifery students who commenced their nursing studies in 2017. Telephone or face-to-face interviews were conducted with purposively selected students engaged in either nursing or non-nursing fields of work. Interviews were conducted from April���July 2017. Interviews lasted from 15���40��min. Results were thematically analysed. EQUATOR guidelines for qualitative research (COREQ) applied. Findings: Two main themes and accompanying subthemes were identified. The first theme explored students��� motivation behind combining work and study and identified the need for financial security and ���me time���. The second theme ���Juggling many balls��� provided insights into the benefits students perceived, how they kept the ���balls��� in the air and at times dropped ���balls��� while balancing work, study and other commitments. Conclusions: The motivation behind paid work was mainly financial; however, students also reported work allowed an escape and time for self which had social and health benefits. Working provided a range of positive benefits, including a sense of achievement, improved self-esteem and financial independence. Relevance to clinical practice: Being able to juggle and multi-task improved skills such as organisation and the ability to prioritise, all skills that have applicability for the role as registered nurse.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Christiansen, A., Salamonson, Y., Crawford, R., McGrath, B., Roach, D., Wall, P., . . . Ramjan, L. M. (2019). ���Juggling many balls���: Working and studying among first-year nursing students. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28(21-22), 4035-4043. doi:10.1111/jocn.14999

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85070099513

Start Page


  • 4035

End Page


  • 4043

Volume


  • 28

Issue


  • 21-22

Place Of Publication