The professional self-concept of nurses: A review of the literature from 1992-2006

David Arthur, Jacqueline Randle

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Objective: This paper will discuss some recent concerns about research in the area of the professional self-concept of nurses, and trace the development of the literature on professional self-concept of nurses over the last 14 years. Primary argument: Professional self-concept or how nurses feel about themselves as nurses is vital in examining current and future nursing practice and education, as it affects patient care. Conclusion: The essence of the paper is the identification of three streams of literature: 1) which has 'emerged from the development of the Professional Self-Concept of Nurses instrument'; 2) literature which fails to consider recent or current research in the area; and 3) 'well-conducted work in the topic area'. The implications for nurses, educators and students are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-64
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Advanced Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Nurses
  • Professional self concept
  • Self esteem
  • Self-concept


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