Issues concerning recruitment, retention and attrition of student nurses in the 1950/60s: A comparative study

Jinks, Annette M, Richardson, Kathleen, Jones, Chris and Kirton, Jennifer (2014) Issues concerning recruitment, retention and attrition of student nurses in the 1950/60s: A comparative study. Nurse Education in Practice, 14 (6). pp. 641-647. ISSN 1471-5953 DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2014.07.002

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Abstract

Background: In the period studied nursing was unpopular as a profession and there were difficulties surrounding recruitment. Attrition rates were high. Method: Documentary analysis of 641 training records dating 1955 to 1968 was undertaken. Attrition rates, reasons for non-completion and employment following successful completion were determined. Results: Most recruits were young, unmarried, females and had overseas addresses. The majority (n = 88) had prior nursing experience. Over 69% (n = 443) successfully completed their training. Attrition rates were over 30% (n = 198), the main reason being academic failure. Following completion over 40% (n = 183) undertook midwifery training (n = 183) or secured a staff nurse post (n = 153). Conclusions: Issues relating to recruitment, retention and attrition in the 1950s and 1960s put into context present day issues. Recent attrition rates from pre-registration nurse education have fallen, nevertheless some of the issues of yesteryear remain problematic. In the present study significant numbers of entrants left due to domestic and ill-health problems resonates with many modern day studies. Also failure to complete due to academic shortcomings continues to be a concern.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2014 15:25
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/6248

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