The effect of increasing education on individual professional behavior and commitment

Steven L. Grover*

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Abstract

Occupations raise educational requirements in efforts to professionalize, even though the practitioner level outcomes of professionalization are virtually unknown. Therefore, the relation between level of education and professional commitment and behavior were examined among registered nurses, who can be licensed holding any one of three different levels of education. More highly educated registered nurses engaged in more professional behaviors, such as reading journals and updating technical skills; however, attitudinal commitment to the profession did not differ significantly among nurses holding different levels of education. Explanations and theoretical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1992
Externally publishedYes

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