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November 01, 2017 (Cleveland)

Professionalism in Nursing Measured by NEONI’s Recent Identity Study

Professionalism in Nursing

The Nurse Professionalism and Professional Identity Study, recently released by NEONI, The Center for Health Affairs' workforce initiative, provides insights about the importance of professionalism in nursing.

The objective of this research was to understand the level of and factors contributing to the professionalism in nursing and professional identity among nursing students and the workforce in the Cleveland/Akron/Canton area.

“We are so pleased with the scope of this study sample size representing practicing nurses, nurse leaders, nursing faculty and nursing students in Northeast Ohio,” said Catherine Koppelman, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, visiting faculty at Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University and consultant executive coach, Nursing Leaders. “We believe very strongly that professionalism in nursing and strong professional identity is fundamental to high quality nursing care and outcomes for patients.”

Some key results from those surveyed include: 

  • 85 percent of working nurses believe professional organizations should be supported. However, they were much less likely to regularly attend meetings or read professional journals.
  • 73 percent of working nurses have a strong sense of the importance of their professionalism in nursing. 
  • 85 percent of nurses had a good sense of the competence of their colleagues and feel they can adequately judge each other’s competence. 

“Our next steps will involve more analysis of the data and shaping interventions for practice and academia to nurture nursing professionalism and professional identity," said Koppelman.

Read the full Nurse Professionalism and Professional Identity study.

To learn more about NEONI, this survey and professionalism in nursing, contact us.


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