2022, Cilt 9, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 001-009
The Effect of Nursing Students' Occupatıonal Interests on Lateral Thinking
1Doç. Dr., Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Hemşirelik Bölümü, Isparta, Türkiye
2Hemşire, Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Enstitüsü Hemşirelik Esasları AD Yüksek Lisans Öğrencisi, Isparta, Türkiye
Keywords: Lateral thinking, nursing, occupational interest, student

Aim: This descriptive study was conducted to examine student nurses' occupational interests and lateral thinking levels according to their socio-demographic characteristics and the effect of their occupational interests on lateral thinking.

Material and Methods: The study population consisted of all the nursing students in the department, and the sample consisted of 385 students who agreed to participate in the study. Socio-demographic characteristics questionnaire, Occupational Interest Scale (OIS), and Lateral Thinking Disposition Scale (LTDS) were used to collect data. Data were analyzed using frequency, mean, t-test, ANOVA, Mann Whitney U, Kruskal Wallis tests, and correlation tests.

Results: 53% of the students are between the ages of 17-20, 77.9% of them are women. As a result of the analysis, the total mean score of the students for LTDS was 32.48 ± 6.58, and the total mean score of the OIS was 162.55 ± 24.82. The study determined that the mean scores of the OIS and LTDS scales differ according to some socio-demographic characteristics. In addition, it was found that there was a positive, close to moderate correlation between OIS and LTDS.

Conclusion: It was determined that the students’ lateral thinking tendencies and their interest in the profession were above the average and at a good level.