Plotting careers in aged care: perspectives of medical, nursing, allied health students and new graduates

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Abstract

The research reported in this article explored the impact of the under-graduate placement experience on medical, nursing and allied health students perceptions of careers in aged care. Data were collected from undergraduate students (48) and graduates (26) via individual (46) and group (7) interviews; data were thematically analyzed. Participants placement experiences prompted them to characterize aged care simultaneously as dirty work and rewarding work . Participants perceived that working full-time as a newly-graduated health professional with the aged or in aged care settings would be an unattractive career. Instead, participants considered working in aged care either as a mid-career or blended career option.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939 - 954
Number of pages16
JournalEducational Gerontology
Volume33
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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