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The future of nursing: Career choices in potential student nursesYoung people leaving schools and sixth-form colleges have the opportunity to choose a career path from an increasing number of courses in colleges of further and higher education. Nursing studies are now competing with a range of health-related disciplines such as health studies, psychology and complementary therapy. Compared with nursing studies, many of these courses appear more exciting and appealing to studnets who are in the process of choosing a career or programme of study. while the increased choice is a positive move for students it may contribute to the shortage of students currently entering some areas of nursing. Indeed, some specialities in nursing, including mental health and learning disabilities, are so depleted in students that they are reaching a point of crisis. There is also concern that recruitment into nursing remains predominantly female and White British. Given the diversity of the UK population and the reliance on school leavers as a potential source of supply, it is important to understand why male students and those from multiracial and multicultural environments choose, or do not choose, nursing studies. This research study involved a sample of 106 16-year old students from three secondary schools in the North-West and South-East of England. The questionnaire results, collected in schools, revealed that students held tradtional views or knew very little about the nursing profession.