Concept Analysis of Professional Socialization in Nursing
Article first published online: 5 FEB 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Volume 48, Issue 1, pages 26–34, January-March 2013
How to Cite
Dinmohammadi, M., Peyrovi, H. and Mehrdad, N. (2013), Concept Analysis of Professional Socialization in Nursing. Nursing Forum, 48: 26–34. doi: 10.1111/nuf.12006
- Issue published online: 5 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 5 FEB 2013
- Tehran University of Medical Sciences & Health Services. Grant Number: 468
- Concept analysis;
- evolutionary method;
- professional socialization
The aim of this study is to clarify the process of professional socialization, and to identify its attributes, antecedents, and consequences in nursing. Rodgers' evolutionary method of concept analysis was used to clarify the concept of professional socialization in the field of nursing.
A literature review was conducted by performing a search on scientific databases using the key terms “socialization,” “professional socialization,” and “nursing.” Four hundred forty-six papers for the period 1995–2009 were found, out of which 47 articles and 4 books were selected for the analysis. The process was audited by two independent experts in order to ensure neutrality and credibility.
Professional socialization is a complex process with four critical attributes: learning, interaction, development, and adaptation. Comprehensive educational programs, competent role models, and the provision of adequate field experiences were found to be the antecedents of these attributes. They have either positive or negative consequences for the professional development of nurses. These findings not only add to the body of knowledge, but also serve as an important impetus for further theory development and research in nursing.