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Professional Self-Concept and Self-Confidence for Nurses Dealing with COVID-19 Patients

Version 1 : Received: 3 November 2021 / Approved: 5 November 2021 / Online: 5 November 2021 (14:12:02 CET)

How to cite: Allobaney, N.F.; Eshah, N.F.; Abujaber, A.A.; Nashwan, A.J. Professional Self-Concept and Self-Confidence for Nurses Dealing with COVID-19 Patients. Preprints 2021, 2021110123 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202111.0123.v1). Allobaney, N.F.; Eshah, N.F.; Abujaber, A.A.; Nashwan, A.J. Professional Self-Concept and Self-Confidence for Nurses Dealing with COVID-19 Patients. Preprints 2021, 2021110123 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202111.0123.v1).

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.

Keywords

COVID-19; nurses; self-concept; self-confidence; professional practice

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Nursing & Health Studies

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