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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 180-185

The image of nursing as perceived by nurses: A phenomenological study

1 Department of Nursing Administration, Faculty of Nursing, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Adult and Community Nursing, Academy of Nursing of Belitung, Akademi Keperawatan Pemerintah Kabupaten Belitung, Bangka Belitung, Indonesia
3 Department of Community Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/nms.nms_24_18

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Background: Image remains crucial for nursing profession. How nurses view professional self-image has an impact on their professional self-esteem. Objectives: This study explored the image of nursing as perceived by Indonesian nurses. Methods: This was a phenomenological study with a purposeful sample of 19 clinical nurses participated in in-depth interviews. The interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and validated by relistening to the recording by researchers. The analysis was thematic. Results: Five themes emerged (a) Islamic culture, (b) job definition, (c) role of nurses, (d) self-confidence, and (e) relationship between multigenerations of nurses. Conclusion: This study addressed positive and negative images of nursing in Belitung, Indonesia. The findings may be used for nurse managers to improve nursing image through the improvement of nurse competence and continuing professional development.

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