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Professional Self-Concept and Self-Confidence for Nurses Dealing with COVID-19 Patients
EuropePMC; 2021.
Preprint in English | EuropePMC | ID: ppcovidwho-294070
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ABSTRACT

Purpose:

To identify the impact of dealing with COVID-19 patients in clinical areas on nurses' professional self-concept and self-confidence.

Background:

Professional self-concept is considered a critical factor in the recruitment/retention process in nursing, nursing shortage, career satisfaction, and academic achievements. Professional self-confidence is also a crucial determinant in staff satisfaction, reducing turnover, and increasing work engagement.

Design:

Descriptive, comparative study.

Methods:

The study was conducted between February to May 2021 by utilizing a convenience sampling technique. A total of 170 nurses from two facilities were recruited from two COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 designated facilities. The level of professional self-concept and self-confidence was assessed by utilizing the Nurses' Self-Concept Instrument and Self-Confidence Scale.

Results:

The professional self-concept level among the exposed group to COVID-19 patients was lower than the comparison group, while the professional self-confidence level among the exposed group to COVID-19 patients was similar to the comparison group. On the other hand, the satisfied staff and those who received professional training in dealing with COVID-19 patients reported a higher level of professional self-concept.

Conclusions:

Dealing with COVID-19 patients has an impact on professional self-concept;the exposure group was lower than those who did not deal with COVID-19 patients, while the professional self-confidence level among the exposed group was similar to the comparison group. Getting professional training in dealing with COVID-19 patients and being satisfied at work were significant factors in improving the professional self-concept. Policymakers should create strategies that target the improvement of professional training in dealing with COVID-19 patients.

Full text: Available Collection: Preprints Database: EuropePMC Type of study: Prognostic study Language: English Year: 2021 Document Type: Preprint

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Full text: Available Collection: Preprints Database: EuropePMC Type of study: Prognostic study Language: English Year: 2021 Document Type: Preprint