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A comparative study of the course-related family and financial problems of mature nursing students in Scotland and Australia

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by P Cuthbertson, WJ Lauder, Rebekah SteeleRebekah Steele, Sonja ClearySonja Cleary, Julie BradshawJulie Bradshaw
This study reports a comparative survey of mature students undertaking pre-registration undergraduate nursing education in Australia and Scotland. The study aimed to explore comparisons between the course-related and course-related financial difficulties faced by mature students in two very different educational and funding systems. Financial stress is a predictor of both physical and mental health problems. A similar pattern of course-related problems were reported by both Australian and Scottish students with the exception that Scottish students experienced more problems with childcare and caring for elderly relatives. Course-related problems may be inherent in the nature of undergraduate nursing education although the relatively time-intensive nature of Scottish curricula may explain the childcare and elderly relatives difference. Scottish students reported higher overall financial related problems but Australian students reported more problems with funding placements. These findings have implications for both curriculum designers and policy makers.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

24

Issue

5

Start Page

373

End Page

381

Number of Pages

9

ISSN

0260-6917

Location

Edinburgh, Midlothian, UK

Publisher

Churchill Livingstone

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Nurse education today.

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