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Title: The Image of Nursing as a Profession among Undergraduate Nursing Students and interns
Authors: Harmina, Marry.
Baddar, Fatma.
Gamel Hussein, Rehab.
Keywords: Nursing profession, Image, Nurse Interns, factors affecting nursing image
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Second International Conference for Health, Environment and Development - Higher Institute of Public Health in the period from 28-30/11/2006
Citation: Name of the journal : volume No (issue No); star page-end page
Abstract: The image of professional nursing continues to evolve and is significantly impacted by the media, women's issues and roles, and a high technology health care environment. It is directly related to what the profession offers society and the values placed on that service(1). Image is defined as mental representation that influence how individuals see all aspects of life, including nurses and nursing ,as it helps them in making judgments and expressing themselves. The study aims to determine the undergraduate nursing students’ and nurse interns’ perceptions of the image of nursing as a profession. The study was conducted at the four classes of the four academic years of the Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University, and at Alexandria University Hospitals (N=4), where nurse interns spend their internship year. The subjects of the study comprised 50% of the students (N= 455) from the total number of undergraduate nursing students (N= 905), and all nurse interns available at the time of data collection (N=175). Nursing students’ and nurse interns’ image of nursing as a profession questionnaire tool was used to collect the study data. The result of the study showed that the highest percentages of undergraduate nursing students and nurse interns had a positive image of nursing as a profession. Also, the teaching staff at the faculty of nursing, nursing courses offered, relationships with patients, physicians, and nursing staff and the uniform of nursing staff in the clinical settings, demonstrated a positive influence on the image of nursing as a profession among the highest percentages of undergraduate nursing students and nurse interns. On the other hand, the media and public image of nursing, plus the working conditions had a negative influence on the image of nursing among the highest percentages of undergraduate nursing students and nurse interns. The main recommendations were; Develop a career guide about nursing and give it to the nursing students upon admission, free of charge, including information about the nursing profession regarding challenges, career and educational opportunities, diverse roles of the nurse in the health care settings, and the different workplaces available for nurses. Conduct workshops for nurse administrators and leaders in the work settings to inform them about the strategies that will help nurse interns in the transition period to reduce reality shock during their internship year. Conduct campaigns to improve the image of nursing through coverage in local newspapers, television, radio news, interviews, to emphasize the role of nurses in educating and caring for patients; and other different roles.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/17706
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