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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


The purpose o f this investigation was to obtain descriptive data regarding the vocational interest profiles o f a population o f currently employed critical care registered nurses. John L. Holland’s Theory o f Careers, which was used as the theoretical fi’amework, describes six major types or characteristics o f vocational personalities: Realistic (R), Investigative (I), Artistic (A), Social (S), Enterprising (E) and Conventional (C). A vocational interest assessment tool, the Vocational Preference Inventory (VPI) was used to determine a given individual’s vocational interests, with results recorded as a three letter profile.

A convenience sample was obtained from the critical care registered nurse population at a large midwestem teaching institution in the Pediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Medical Critical Care and Surgical Critical Care Units. The sample o f 122 nurses displayed an Investigative-Artistic-Social (IAS) vocational interest profile, unlike the anticipated Social-Investigative-Artistic (SIA) profile that Holland predicted for general duty nurses. Implications for clinical practice, education, administration and research are included.


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