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The training and job decisions of nurses is a research project funded by the Australian Research Council 2008-2012. The purpose of this longitudinal study was to investigate the factors that influence nurses’ early career choices, as they progress through education, enter the workforce and during the early years in the workforce. The study aimed to make nursing better for nurses by providing information that can be used to develop health workforce policies to address current and future shortages of nurses in Australia.
Participants 746 students and former students enrolled in the bachelor of nursing programs at the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of New England during 2008-2012.
Surveys Participants completed an online survey annually. The fourth and final survey closed in December 2014. The project donated $2 to Médecins Sans Frontières, for each survey completed. Médecins Sans Frontières sends doctors and nurses to provide urgently needed medical assistance in areas affected by disaster. Your participation in the surveys has contributed to this important work.
- Dr Kathleen Milton-Wildey, Faculty of Nursing Midwifery & Health, University of Technology Sydney
- Dr Glenda Parmenter (opens an external site), School of Health, University of New England
Health Economics Researchers
- Professor Denise Doiron (opens an external site), School of Economics, University of New South Wales
- Professor Jane Hall, Centre for Health Economics Research & Evaluation, University of Technology Sydney
- Professor Deborah J Street, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Technology Sydney
- Ms Patsy Kenny, Centre for Health Economics Research & Evaluation, University of Technology Sydney
The 4th and final survey closed at the end of 2014 and analysis is on-going. Initial papers used data from the first survey only and investigated the job preferences of students and new graduates (Doiron et al 2014), student satisfaction with nursing education (Milton-Wildey et al 2014) and methods for eliciting job preferences (Yoo et al 2013). The most recent paper used data from across all four surveys to examine the contribution of educational preparation to job satisfaction and work intentions of graduates in the first year after graduation (Kenny et al 2015). Further papers are planned using analysis of data from all four surveys.
- Kenny P, Reeve R, Hall J. Satisfaction with nursing education, job satisfaction and work intentions of new graduate nurses. Nurse Education Today. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2015.10.023.
- Milton-Wildey, K.K., Kenny, P.M., Parmenter, G. & Hall, J.P. 2013, 'Educational preparation for clinical nursing: the satisfaction of students and new graduates from two Australian universities', Nurse Education Today, vol. 34, pp. 648-654.
- Doiron, D., Hall, J.P., Kenny, P.M. & Street, D. 2014, 'Job preferences of students and new graduates in nursing', Applied Economics, vol. 46, no. 9, pp. 924-939.
- Yoo HI, Doiron D. 2013, ‘The use of alternative preference elicitation methods in complex discrete choice experiments’, Journal of Health Economics, vol. 32, pp. 1166-1179.
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