Characteristics of Israeli women studying nursing compared to women studying education and engineering.

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Abstract

This study examined the demographic characteristics, vocational personality, and sex-role orientation of Israeli women studying nursing compared to women studying education and engineering. The convenience sample was 176 university students. The instrument included a demographic inventory, Holland's Self-Directed Search (SDS) questionnaire, and the Sex-Role Orientation Attitude questionnaire. Nursing and education students had Holland's "social" personality types and engineering students were more "realistic" or "investigative". Nursing and engineering students were significantly more feminist in their orientation than education majors. Nursing students were nontraditional women who had traditional family backgrounds, yet were nontraditional in their feminist orientation. With nursing's move into colleges and universities, the need for academically qualified applicants has intensified. Developing a better understanding of the unique nature of nursing and nursing students is a challenge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-418
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of nursing education
Volume30
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 1991
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Nursing
  • Education

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