Determinants of the intention to work in aged care: a cross-sectional study to assess gerontological nursing competencies among undergraduate nursing students

Mu-Hsing Ho, Jung Jae Lee, Jee Young Joo, Kasia Bail, Megan F Liu, Victoria Traynor

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Abstract

Background: There are huge demands for aged-care workers, and undergraduate gerontological nursing education plays a critical role in providing academic and professional training. Purpose: To examine relationships of characteristics, aged-care education, and gerontological nursing competencies with the intention to work in aged care. Methods: An online survey was distributed to undergraduate nursing students between April and June 2022 to gather characteristics, relevant aged-care education, gerontological nursing competencies, and intentions to work in aged care data. Multivariate regression analyses were conducted to identify determinants of the intention to work in aged care. Results: Students (n = 358) who were older (p < 0.001) and who were married (p < 0.001) had higher intentions to work in aged care. “Promoting mental health and psychological well-being”, “Providing evidence-based dementia care”, and “Enabling access to technology”, were also associated with positive intentions. Conclusions: This study provides evidence on determinants of the intention to work in aged care, particularly gerontological nursing competencies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number448
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalBMC Nursing
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

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