The influence of theory and practice on perceptions about caring for ill older people - A literature review

Stephanie Millns Sizer*, Robert L. Burton, Ann Harris

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The increasing longevity of the world's population implies the requirement for a nursing workforce who are appropriately equipped to care for older people when they are ill. Although attitudes toward this field of nursing appear to be positive amongst nursing students, fewer students choose the care of ill older people as a career upon qualification; the need to assure the future nursing workforce in this field has been acknowledged globally. In view of the ageing of the world population, there is a need to encourage the care of ill older people as a positive career choice (Koh, 2012). Factors both within the practical learning environment and the environment where students receive theoretical instruction, may potentially impact upon nursing students' attitudes towards caring for ill older people and their career intentions. It is against this background that this review was conducted, in order to identify reasons for this prevailing negativity. It is intended that the review will shed light on strategies to improve these perceptions, showing a career in caring for ill older people in a more positive light.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Early online date14 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

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