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Changes in self-esteem during a 3-year pre-registration Diploma in Higher Education (Nursing) programme

Authors

  • Jacqueline Randle MSc, PhD, RN, RNT

    1. Lecturer, School of Nursing, Medical school, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Queen's Medical centre, Nottingham, UK
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Correspondence to: Jacqueline Randle, Lecturer, School of Nursing, Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham Ng7 2uh, UK (tel.:+07815 532984; e-mail: jacqueline.randle@nottingham.ac.uk).

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.

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