Date of Award
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.
Hannink, Julene Beth, "Vocational Interest Profiles of Critical Care Registered Nurses" (1996). Masters Theses. 332.