Exploring commitment, professional identity, and support for student nurses

A.J. Clements, G. Kinman, S. Leggetter, K. Teoh, A. Guppy

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Problems with the recruitment and retention of nurses globally mean that insight into the factors that might increase retention in qualified staff and students is crucial. Despite clear links between work commitment and retention, there is little research exploring commitment in student nurses and midwives. This paper reports the findings of a qualitative study designed to provide insight into commitment using semi-structured interviews conducted with nine pre-registration students and a qualitative survey completed by 171 pre-registration students. Thematic analysis of the data emphasised the impact of placement experiences on commitment via interpersonal relationships. Students typically emphasised their professional identity as the basis for commitment, although many participants also highlighted a lack of acceptance by qualified practitioners, which reduced it. There was evidence that suggested that practitioner workload may impact the student experience due to challenges in making sufficient time to provide support. Implications for retention strategies are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-26
Number of pages7
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2016


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