This research investigated the factors influencing the career choices of a cohort of nursing graduates in South Africa. It also sought to describe the characteristics of the health worker labour market and policy environment in South Africa, and to understand nurses’ attitudes towards working in rural areas. The cohort study followed-up nurses over time which made it possible to evaluate whether nurses’ actual career choices differ from their initial preferences. This policy brief provides findings from the baseline for this research. It is hoped that this will help the South African government to understand better their health workforce and assess the appropriateness of future interventions to improve the recruitment and retention of health workers in rural areas.
Blaauw, D. Understanding nursing students’ attitudes toward working in rural areas in South Africa: the results of a cohort study. (2011) 3 pp.