Self-concept (Self-image) of Indian nurses working in hospitals
Rajesh Kumar Sharma and Anurag Bhai Patidar
Introduction: An image is a picture representative of something real. The image of nursing is vital to the profession and is an important concept for future nurses to understand. Self-image is how nurses perceive themselves and reflects the impression to the public as the nurse.
Objectives: The objectives of the study was to assess the nurses self-concept (Self-image) among registered nurses of selected hospitals of the North India.
Material and method: A quantitative research approach with descriptive correlational research design study. Samples were recruited by non-probability convenient sampling technique and total 350 working nurses were recruited.
Result: It found that majority of nurses 64.6% (226) considered their own professional image as neutral, while a quite a high number of nurses 34.3% (120) nurses considered their professional image as positive image but there was though, very least 1.1% (4) considered their own professional image as negative image. So, it revealed that for demographic variables gender, professional educational status, area of working, and number of patients seen in each shift are significantly associated with nurse’s self-concept.
Conclusion: The study concluded that majority of nurses working in hospital setting carries their own image as very neutral image of nurses. Nurses must be motivated by the employer in the way of salary, job security, Position/promotion in organization.