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A comparative study of the course-related family and financial problems of mature nursing students in Scotland and Australia
journal contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by P Cuthbertson, WJ Lauder, Rebekah Steele, Sonja Cleary, Julie 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.