Television as a Career Motivator and Education Tool: A Final-Year Nursing Student Cohort Study

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Terry, Daniel and Peck, Blake. 2020. "Television as a Career Motivator and Education Tool: A Final-Year Nursing Student Cohort Study." European Journal of Investigation in Health Psychology and Education. 10 (1), pp. 346-357. https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe10010026
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Television as a Career Motivator and Education Tool: A Final-Year Nursing Student Cohort Study

ERA Journal ID212442
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsTerry, Daniel and Peck, Blake
Journal TitleEuropean Journal of Investigation in Health Psychology and Education
Journal Citation10 (1), pp. 346-357
Number of Pages12
YearMar 2020
PublisherMDPI AG
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISSN2174-8144
2254-9625
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe10010026
Web Address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/2254-9625/10/1/26
Abstract

Fictional medical programs are often used for more than just their recreational enjoyment; they can also influence career decision making. Very little research has examined the pedagogical value of fictional medical programs in terms of their motivational value in the choice of a nursing career. As such, the aim of this study was to examine what motivated nursing students to choose nursing careers, if fictional medical programs were motivators, and if they are used by students as a learning tool. The cross-sectional study collected data using a questionnaire and occurred between April and June 2018. The findings were generated from students’ short answers and extended responses within the questionnaire. Data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics, while qualitative data were analysed thematically. A total of 291 students participated (82.6% response rate), with motivations for entering nursing being similar to other international studies; however, as motivators, fictional medical television programs were rated higher than job security. Overall, students engage with medical television programs along a television–learning continuum, ranging from limited watching time, recognising inaccuracies, understanding dialogue, through to using fictional medical television programs as tools for learning. However, this is dependent on time, interest, current level of understanding, and a program’s perceived value.

Keywordscareer choice; nurse; student; television; teaching; learning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420505. Nursing workforce
Byline AffiliationsFederation University
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