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Keywords:

  • horizontal violence;
  • pre-registration nursing student;
  • self-esteem

Summary

• Nurses’ self-esteem affects patient care.

• This study measured self-esteem of pre-registration nursing students over their 3-year training programme.

• Quantitative data were measured by the Professional Self-Concept Nursing Inventory and the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale.

• Students's self-esteem decreased during their training programme.

• Results indicate a need to address the damaging effects of the process of becoming a nurse.