This paper highlights findings from a literature search to examine the nursing students' perceptions of nursing and the review further focused on whether these views change during their nursing studies and impact workplace preferences. Unless attitudes are changed during their nursing studies, they may affect initial job selection. Implications for nursing education include provision of educational experiences that foster an optimistic career outlook in areas where there is a growing need for nursing services. More research is needed to determine how to enable appropriate learning experiences when there are limited resources and practice placements. The public image of a profession is an important barometer of the group's status in society. Media images play a key role in this respect, projecting the ideas in public perception of their identity.