This study aimed to determine the motivations behind students’ decisions to enrol in a degree in emergency health (paramedic) or double degree emergency health (paramedic) and nursing.
Students were surveyed to determine the importance of different motivations influencing their decision to enrol in their current university course.
There were 168 surveys returned from 182 students (93% response rate). The most important motivations for students were ‘wanting to help people’, ‘saving lives’ and ‘exciting career’. Older respondents rated ‘giving back to the community’, ‘wearing a uniform’, ‘employment prospects’, ‘pay rate’ and ‘job security’ slightly higher. Males considered ‘pay rate’, ‘working environment’ and ‘job security’ slightly more important than females.
Findings suggest that like other health professional students, those studying paramedicine do so for intrinsic motives including ‘wanting to help people’, ‘saving lives’ and an ‘exciting career’.
O’Meara P, Tourle V, Madigan V, Lighton D. Getting in touch with paramedic student career intentions. Health Educ J 2012;71(3):376-85.
Vandercammen L, Hofmans J, Theuns P. The mediating role of affect in the relationship between need satisfaction and autonomous motivation. J Occup Organ Psych 2014;87(1):62-79.
Blau G, Gibson G. Exploring antecedents of intrinsic versus extrinsic satisfaction in a sample of emergency medical service professionals. J Workplace Behavioral Health 2011;26(3):240-51.
Gabris GT, Simo G. Public sector motivation as an independent variable affecting career decisions. Public Pers Manage 1995;24(1):33-50.
Mulholland P, O'Meara P, Walker J, Stirling C, Tourle V. Multidisciplinary practice in action: The rural paramedic-it's not only lights and sirens. J Emerg Prim Health Care 2009;7(2).
Midgley S. Paramedic Science degree programmes at the univerisy of Greenwich. Journal of Paramedic Practice 2011;3(6):338-41.
Patterson P, Probst J, Leith K, Corwin S, Paige P. Recruitment and retention of emergency medical technicians: A qualitative study. J Allied Health 2005;34(3):153-62.
Mannix J, Harrison L, Sumsion J. Transition to work and the career destinations of double degree nurses. Contemp Nurs 2013;45(1):64-78.
Newton JM, Kelly CM, Kremser AK, Jolly B, Billett S. The motivations to nurse: an exploration of factors amongst undergraduate students, registered nurses and nurse managers. J Nurs Manag 2009;17(3):392-400.
Celenza A, Bharath J, Scop J. Improving the attractiveness of an emergency medicine career to medical students: An exploratory study. Emerg Med Australas 2012;24(6):625-33.
Adamson B, Covic T, Kench P, Lincoln M. Determinants of undergraduate program choice in two health science fields: does personality influence career choice. Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-disciplinary Journal 2003;5(2):34-47.
Kazzi AA, Langdorf MI, Ghadishah D, Handly N. Motivations for a career in emergency medicine: a profile of the 1996 US applicant pool. CJEM 2001;3(2):99-104.
Lazarsfeld-Jensen A. Telling stories out of school: Experiencing the paramedic's oral traditions and role dissonance. Nurs Educ Pract 2014;14(6):734-9.
Zysberg L, Berry D. Gender and students' vocational choices in entering the field of nursing. Nurs Outlook 2005;53(4):193-8.
Chapman S, Blau G, Pred R, Lopez A. Correlates of intent to leave job and profession for emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Career Development International 2009;14(5):487-503.
Bosco A, Ward C, Styles I. Looking to the future: Nursing as a career goal. Contemp Nurs 2005;19(1-2):105-14.
Laurence C, Zajac I, Turnbull D, Sumner K, Fleming J. Applicants to the University of Adelaide Medical School: Influences, motivation and alternative career choices. Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-disciplinary Journal 2013;14(2):81-91.
Miers M, Rickaby C, Pollard K. Career choices in health care: Is nursing a special case? A content analysis of survey data. Int J Nurs Stud 2007;44(7):1196-209.
Brown W, Dickison P, Misselbeck W, Levine R. Logitudinal emergency medical technician attribute and demographic study (LEADS): An interim report. Prehosp Emerg Care 2002;6(4):433-9.
Holloman J, Hubble M. High school allied health students and their exposure to the profession of EMS. Prehosp Disaster Med 2012;27(3):245-51.
Boughn S. Why women and men choose nursing. Nurs Health Care Per 2001;22(1):14-9.
Deluhery M, Worlds G, Stake C, Cichon M. Sowing the SEEDS (Study of Employment Expectations and Demographics of EMT Students) EMS Mag 2008;37(3):94-7.
Jirwe M, Rudman A. Why choose a career in nursing? J Adv Nurs 2012;68(7):1615-23.