Nurses' Perceptions of the Image of the Profession of Nursing
Repository Posting Date2017-02-22T18:53:50Z
Author(s)Emeghebo, Lorraine E.
Level of EvidenceQualitative Study, Other
Research ApproachQualitative Research
CINAHL HeadingsNursing as a Profession; Professional Image; Nurse Attitudes; Perception; Self Concept
The purpose of this study was to understand the evolution of nurses’ perceived image of nursing from the time nurses begin their career and through various phases of nursing experience. The image of nursing as perceived by nurses and by the public affects recruitment of new nurses and retention of experienced nurses (Buerhaus, 2000, Irvine & Evans, 1995, Nevidjon & Erickson, 2001). There is a projected deficiency of 800,000 nurses by 2020 (National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, 2002) that has been attributed, in part, to low enrollments and graduations from nursing programs, as well as nurses leaving the profession. Furthermore, several studies revealed that nurses are leaving the profession within five years of entry into practice (Aiken, Clarke, Sloane, Sochalski, Busse, et al. 2001; Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, 2001; Sochalski, 2002). A poor professional image as perceived by nurses fails to attract well-qualified students to a career in nursing and also contributes to the high turnover of nurses (Irvine & Evans, 1995).
DescriptionThis dissertation has also been disseminated through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Dissertation/thesis number: 3225137; ProQuest document ID: 305346797. The author still retains copyright.
Degree LevelDoctoral – Other
Degree GrantorColumbia University
Date of Publication2017-02-22
NotesThis item has not gone through this repository's peer-review process, but has been accepted by the indicated university or college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the specified degree.
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