Social work student interest in nursing home employment: A north american study

Kelsey Simons, Robin Bonifas

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Nursing homes (NHs) are a primary setting for gerontological social work; yet, little is known about social workers' career interest relative to this setting. This article reports the findings of an online survey of social work students (177 US and 91 Canadian) that sought to identify personal characteristics and beliefs that influence NH employment intentions. Students who were enrolled in bachelors programs, lacked previous practice experience, and had already had a NH field placement or wanted this experience were more likely to express employment intent. The implications of these findings for social work education and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-314
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009


  • Aging
  • Career choices
  • Field placement
  • Gerontological social work
  • Gerontology
  • Long-term care
  • Nursing homes
  • Social work education
  • Students
  • Work-force

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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