Comparison of Personal characteristics: high and low ability student nurses and year of training in New Zealand

Robert A. C. Stewart1, Jane M. Liddell2
1Massey University, New Zealand
2Southland Hospital, New Zealand
Cite this article:  Stewart, R., & Liddell, J. (1976). Comparison of Personal characteristics: high and low ability student nurses and year of training in New Zealand. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 4, 161-170.

Volume 4 Issue 2 | e149 | Published: August 1976 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1976.4.2.161

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Seventy-five student nurses at the Southland Hospital, Invercargill, New Zealand, were assessed independently by ward and tutorial staff on a 5-point scale rating the quality of their work. Comparisons of high and low ability students were then made on scores from the following instruments: Rokeach Dogmatism Scale, Wilson-Patterson Conservatism Scale, Allport-Vernon-Lindsey Study of Values, Cattell 16 Personality Factors Test, and the Shostrom Personal Orientation Inventory. t tests of significant differences between means revealed the following profiles for the high ability student nurse: (a) comparison based on ward staff ratings of ability: conservative, religious, dogmatic, and low on political and economic values: (b) comparison based on tutorial staff ratings of ability: relaxed, higher on social values, and tends to live in the past or future rather than the present. A comparison of the 3 years showed that the student nurse most likely to stay in the program had the following profile: more political, less religious, less acceptant of aggression, and higher ward rating.
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