Education and experience in nursing: a comparison between Vocational School and University Graduates

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2013

Thesis Language: English

Student: Rana Çavuşoğlu



This study aims to examine the transformation of nursing from a traditional activity to a profession within Turkey’s context within at least two decades and evaluate in comparative manner across nurses of different ages. The evaluation will be basically on the basis of representing different family background, education, understanding images of nursing in society, approaches towards traditional and professional ways of nursing. Various educational levels and nursing titles might cause the apprehension of understanding of care and emotional labor in nursing in different forms. It is also noteworthy to indicate that evaluation of transformation from traditional activity to professional occupation is not normative in this study, the intention of this study is neither to idealize professionalism nor to criticize traditionalism in nursing. In this framework two groups of nurses were selected for in-depth interview. These are experienced nurses with at least 15 years work experience and incipient nurses with at least 1 year work experience. It is noted that the outcomes do not lead us to come to the conclusion that the meaning of emotional labor or understanding of care show variations according to the different educational forms, family’s socio economic backgrounds, work experience or ages of nurses, instead they are combined together. Professionalism in nursing is not related to nursing education; it can be also gained through experience.