The professional self-image of nurses in Belgian hospitals: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey

Kaat Siebens, Bernadette Dierckx De Casterlé, Ivo Abraham, Katrien Dierckx, Tom Braes, Elisabeth Darras, Yannick Dubois, Koen Milisen, Chris Aubry, Johan Buellens, Patricia Claessens, Luc Dekeyser, Sophie Leonard, Joke Simons, Bernadette Stinglhamber, Gert Peeters, Ann Vandenberghe, Martine Vanschoor

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Abstract

This paper reports data on the professional self-image of 9638 nurses employed in 22 Belgian general hospitals with the goal of identifying problems affecting recruitment and retention. Nurses reported having a positive self-image. Most were proud to be a nurse and considered themselves competent health professionals having great responsibility. Although they reported that an ideal practice requires effective teamwork, supportive management, societal recognition, and sufficient time to perform their duties, they also felt that these essential conditions were absent in daily practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-82
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Nursing shortage
  • Practice environment
  • Professional self-image
  • Societal image
  • Teamwork

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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    Siebens, K., Casterlé, B. D. D., Abraham, I., Dierckx, K., Braes, T., Darras, E., Dubois, Y., Milisen, K., Aubry, C., Buellens, J., Claessens, P., Dekeyser, L., Leonard, S., Simons, J., Stinglhamber, B., Peeters, G., Vandenberghe, A., & Vanschoor, M. (2006). The professional self-image of nurses in Belgian hospitals: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 43(1), 71-82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2005.04.004