Nursing students plan after graduation: A qualitative study

Suggested citation: Gunawan, J., Aungsuroch, Y., Sukarna, A., & Wahab, N. (2018). Nursing students plan after graduation: A qualitative study. Journal of Education and Health Promotion7. [Free Download]

BACKGROUND: Identifying nursing students’ plan after graduation is necessary to maintain the profession in line with their nursing education. This study was conducted to explore the career plans of diploma nursing students after graduation and factors influencing their plans.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a qualitative descriptive study using focus group discussion, conducted in Academy of Nursing of Belitung, Indonesia. Twenty diploma nursing students at the beginning of their 1st year of study were recruited. Data were analyzed using content analysis model.

RESULTS: The plan of diploma nursing students after graduation: becoming a civil servant and its influencing factors (fixed and higher salary, fair remuneration and incentives, and retirement fund); becoming a bedside nurse and its influencing factors (helping others and gaining experiences); and continuing higher education in nursing and its influencing factors (recognition as professional nurse, financial support, family responsibilities, and location of nursing schools).

CONCLUSION: It is suggested that nurse educators should change the mindset of the students not to focus only becoming a civil servant, and the government should open bachelor program in nursing in Belitung and provide educational support for those who would like to continue studying nursing.


Questions about what I am going to be in 5 or 10 years and how to get there are often proposed by nursing students, as their first career decision to identify a plan on which to act just after college graduation.[1] A career plan means a process of becoming aware of self, opportunities, constraints, choice, and consequences; identifying career‐related goals, timing, and sequence of steps to attain the goals.[2,3] However, career plan might be influenced by circumstance, and that is why considered to be flexible.[1] Read more here: Free Download

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