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Title: Hellenic nurses’ perception of their public image: a phenomenological approach
Authors: Papathanassoglou, Elizabeth 
Karanikola, Maria 
Keywords: Public image;Professional role;Stereotypes;Nurses perception
Category: Health Sciences
Field: Medical and Health Sciences
Issue Date: 2009
Source: 20th International Nursing Research Congress, 2009, Vancouver, Canada, 13-17 July
Abstract: Purpose: To reveal the way nurses? internalize their professional public image and relative status, as well as nurses? feelings about that image. Methods: Through qualitative methodology by means of repeated phenomenological interviews with 19 members of nursing personnel, themes related to nurses? public image and professional status were explored. Results: A sense of inner awareness of nurses? professional significance, mainly based on an intrinsic system of criteria, was revealed as the core theme of participants? perception of their professional role, and as an absolute prerequisite for the perception of personal and professional appraisal. Within this framework, nurses? negative public image did not seem to influence personal and professional esteem. On the contrary, nurses? public image found to be a major source of professional dissatisfaction. Additional themes that emerged were a) persistent stereotypes b) the rationale for nurses? public image, c) feelings about stereotypes and public image d) the diversity between personal and public image e) personal worth as a buffer system. Conclusion: The public image of the nurse constitutes an important factor for recruitment into the profession, retention and professional satisfaction. Nurse managers and nurse educators need to be aware of the factors that influence nurses? perception of their public image in order to enhance nurses professional status through educational processes and professionalization.
Type: Conference Papers
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