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Professional identity in nursing

17 August 2023
Volume 32 · Issue 15

Registered nurses are the largest group of health professionals globally, playing an essential role in the delivery of quality healthcare. Nursing has evolved over time, with the responsibilities of nurses increasing in response to the changing healthcare landscape. Nurses possess a unique professional identity that is shaped by their educational preparation, their experiences, and their relationship with the wider multidisciplinary team and patients.

Professional identity is a crucial aspect of nursing practice that refers to an individual's self-concept as a professional nurse, including their beliefs, values and behaviours (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2018a). A strong professional identity is vital for nurses to provide high-quality care and support to patients, as it shapes their approach to patient care and interactions with colleagues. Moreover, a positive professional identity is also significant for the retention and recruitment of nurses (Lindahl Norberg and Strand, 2022).

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