What Impacts on Nursing Students' Attitudes, Perceptions & Preparedness to Work in PHC

What Impacts on Nursing Students' Attitudes, Perceptions & Preparedness to Work in PHC
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The growing burdens experienced by PHC nurses due to an expanding primary health care sector, and the lack of research exploring how the incoming workforce are prepared to work in this area instigated the conduct of this project. This abstract is of an integrative literature review of 12 primary research conducted on undergraduate nursing students’ knowledge, attitudes and career intention to work in PHC settings; or those that explored current primary health care (PHC) content in undergraduate nursing curricula. The papers identified that nursing curricula remain acute-care centric; and barriers to PHC content delivery may influence nursing students’ perceptions of PHC. This area of nursing is thus negatively perceived by nursing students, is viewed to be irrelevant in their training and is not viewed as an alluring specialty. Strategies are suggested after the synthesis of these findings, including the importance of increasing the involvement of practicing PHC nurses in the development of curriculum and delivery of PHC content in universities.

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