• H C de Swardt
  • Gisela Hildegard van Rensburg Department of Health Studies, University of South Africa
  • M J Oosthuizen



Desirable levels of knowledge and skills or appropriate values and beliefs of the nursing profession are not manifested in all students who become professional nurses. The aim of the study was to explore the perceptions of professional nurses regarding their role in the professional socialisation of student nurses and the experiences of the students as members of the nursing profession. A qualitative design was applied to collect data from two purposively selected samples, professional nurses and students. Focus-group interviews (two with sample 1 and 5 with sample 2) were conducted. Findings revealed that a lack of exemplary role models, an unfavourable environment and students’ own reasons of career choice influenced the professional socialisation of students. Exemplary role modelling, supportive learning environments, the empowerment of professional nurses and the commitment to professional values of nursing are vital to develop well-socialised professional practitioners.


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How to Cite

de Swardt, H C, Gisela Hildegard van Rensburg, and M J Oosthuizen. 2014. “AN EXPLORATION OF THE PROFESSIONAL SOCIALISATION OF STUDENT NURSES”. Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery 16 (2):3-15.



Received 2014-12-15
Accepted 2015-01-21
Published 2015-01-21