A Qualitative Study Exploring Student Nurses’ Knowledge and Perceptions towards Entrepreneurship in Nursing

Halmshaw, Charlotte (2009) A Qualitative Study Exploring Student Nurses’ Knowledge and Perceptions towards Entrepreneurship in Nursing. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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This study aimed to explore the knowledge and perceptions of pre-registration student nurses towards nurse entrepreneurship. The objectives were to explore students’ knowledge, consider students’ attitudes and explore students’ beliefs of entrepreneurship. Current literature and health policies emphasise the need for an increased focus on nursing entrepreneurship due to the phenomenon of this subject becoming more important. The NHS and government are calling on nurses to become entrepreneurial. Despite this, very little is known about the knowledge and perceptions held by student nurses towards entrepreneurship. There is no qualitative research exploring student nurses’ perceptions towards nurse entrepreneurship in the UK. Participants for the research were selected from three pre-registration nursing courses at the local School of Nursing. The study adopted a qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews structured around the Benchmark Template (2006) and Bloom’s Taxonomy (2007). The data was analysed manually using an inductive approach, using theory and literature to interpret what the fifteen participants said.

Five main themes were generated from the findings; general understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation, discovering nursing entrepreneurship, outlook on entrepreneurship (specifically nursing entrepreneurship), entrepreneurial ideas and innovation and career journey and lack of entrepreneurial education. The findings confirm that nursing entrepreneurship is not a term well known by student nurses largely due to the lack of education on the subject. However, most student nurses know more about this topic than they initially thought and were able to identify essential characteristics, skills and activities of nurse entrepreneurs. Adding entrepreneurial education to the curriculum was generally viewed positively. It is acknowledged that this research is limited due to the limitations of the study. However this study highlights the need for further research surrounding this subject to ensure nurses have a good understanding of the opportunity for nurse entrepreneurship.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2009 09:26
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2018 19:57
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/23436

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