Tomorrow’s nurses?

Kate Bacon, Karen MacKenzie, John H McKendrick

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The problem of nationwide staff shortages is compounded by the under-recruitment of young people to nursing education. It seems that young people do not appear to be attracted to a career in nursing: a recent poll suggested that girls are more interested in becoming a Spice Girl than a nurse.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that many young people choose not to pursue a career in nursing on account of their having limited knowledge of career
pathways within the profession and stereotyped images of nurses. Over the years 'the nurse' has been represented as an angel, battleaxe or sex symbol, and
television's nursing characters have generally reinforced these common stereotypes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31
Number of pages1
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2000


  • nursing education
  • nursing career
  • staff shortages
  • recruitment


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