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Nursing Students' Self-Graded Motivation to Complete their Programme of Study
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences. The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences. The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Open Nursing Journal, ISSN 1874-4346, E-ISSN 1874-4346, Vol. 4, 42-47 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to explore variation in nursing students’ motivation to complete their programme of study,  as  well  as  factors  relating  to  low  versus  high  motivation  and  students’  opinions  of  what  would  increase  their motivation to complete their programme of study. A study was carried out between April 2006 and December 2007. A total of 872 students registered in a 3-year nursing programme  randomly  participated  in  self-rating  their  motivation  score  once  each  semester.  Descriptive  statistics, statistical calculations and content analysis regarding open-ended questions were performed. Most of the students, 73%, rated their motivation as ≥6 on a 0-10 Likert scale; and 16% gave a rating of ≤4. The desire to become  a registered nurse (RN)  and having  a positive  attitude towards the  studies were  the main factors influencing high motivation to complete the programme of study. Having a negative attitude towards the studies was an explanation of decreased motivation. There was a significant decrease (p=0.001) in the motivation score with respect to number of semesters, and motivation increased with the student’s age (p=0.0119). Suggestions for increasing motivation given by those who rated their motivation as ≤4 mainly focused on improvements in didactics and study organisation.

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Bentham Open , 2010. Vol. 4, 42-47 p.
Keyword [en]
Nurse education, motivation
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Medical sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-4677DOI: 10.2174/1874434601004010042PubMedID: 21347211OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-4677DiVA: diva2:393489
Available from: 2011-01-31 Created: 2011-01-31 Last updated: 2016-12-23Bibliographically approved

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