the professional motivation is considered a result of unconscious motivational efforts, and is predetermined since early childhood by the mechanism of identification. the professional motivation is believed to be an invariable formation of the personality, therefore it is, as j. ken states, about choosing the most suitable people for a certain profession, taking into account people's individual traits. the design used in the following research is descriptive-retrospective type, aimed at knowing the relation between motivation for the nursing specialty, professional orientation, retention and promotion in second year nursing students csipj medical school, 1st. semester, course 2004-2005. the universe consisted of 335 students on the pedagogical new-model course of the nursing specialty who were surveyed. mined and csipj represented the highest percentage of nursing students' insertion into the new pedagogical model. the students' liking the profession was evident. there was relation between the retention and promotion rates, which are considered acceptable in spite of the program of professional orientation and vocational formation in the course of comprehensive self-improvement, not having the tools. the motivation for the nursing specialty positively influenced the academic results. it was recommended to develop a program of professional orientation addressed to courses on comprehensive self-improvement, as wel as developing, by tutor professors, a program of vocational reaffirmation to be applied to nursing specialty.