"It's my time" Women's experiences of participating in a course of study and returning to nursing after an extended absence

Year: 1998

Author: Young, Susan

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

For many women who have been absent from employment for an extended period, deciding to return to work is accompanied by anxiety and doubt as to their ability to return to employment in an environment that has undergone such rapid technological, social

This paper discusses a qualitative research study of seventeen women who had previously practiced as nurses but have been absent from their profession for between ten and twenty years. It explores the women's reason for leaving nursing, and the factors.

The study explores the impact that participation in study has had for the women as individuals and within their many and varied roles. It also discusses the challenges that they were confronted with in undertaking the course of study and how they coped.