Portrayal of nursing to incoming students: results of a national survey of geriatric and pediatric web images on baccalaureate nursing program web sites

J Prof Nurs. 2007 Jul-Aug;23(4):220-5. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2007.01.005.


In the face of a rapidly aging America and given that older adults are the population that avail health care services the most, there is a clear mandate to stimulate nursing student interest in care of older adults. The purpose of this study was to determine if web sites of baccalaureate nursing (BSN) programs stimulate interest in care of older adults by quantifying and comparing images of older adults and children on baccalaureate nursing program web sites and examining the characteristics of these images. The reality that nurses primarily care for older adults is not reflected in images on BSN program web sites. This creates both a skewed perception of the nursing profession and a lost opportunity to stimulate interest in geriatric nursing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Audiovisual Aids
  • Career Choice
  • Child
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / organization & administration*
  • Geriatric Nursing* / education
  • Geriatric Nursing* / organization & administration
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Internet / organization & administration*
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Pediatric Nursing* / education
  • Pediatric Nursing* / organization & administration
  • Prejudice
  • Smiling
  • Social Perception
  • Stereotyping
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States