Universal Journal of Public Health Vol. 5(1), pp. 46 - 53
DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2017.050107
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Professionalism Characteristics of Nurses Working in Internal Medicine Clinics


Sevilay Hintistan *, Burcu Topcuoglu
Department of Internal Medicine Nursing, Faculty of Health Science, Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

Although there has long been a focus on professionalism in nursing in many countries, it is just now gaining importance in Turkey. In fact, few studies on this topic have been conducted in our country, and this is the first study carried out in the Eastern Black Sea region of Turkey. The aim of the current study was to determine professionalism characteristics of nurses working in the internal medicine clinics of a university hospital located in Trabzon Province. This descriptive study was done with 103 nurses between Feb.1 and Feb. 28, 2015. The data were gathered using a "Personal Information Form" and a "Professionalism Information Form" through face-to-face interviews. To assess the data, numbers, percentages and arithmetical means were employed. In the current study, 95.1% of the participating nurses were female. Their mean age was 31.54±7.42 years, 66.0% of them had an undergraduate degree, 85.4% were clinic nurses, and their average work duration was 8±6.2 years. This current study determined that nurses thought the most important professionalism characteristics were "taking individual responsibility in nursing practices (92.2%)" and "paying attention to using a simple and clear language by establishing a good communication with patients and team members (90.3%)". The characteristics of "becoming a member of a nursing association (24.3%)" and "feeling the necessity to use the titles of specialist nurse, doctorate nurse (19.4%)" were less meaningful to our study participants.

KEYWORDS
Internal Medicine Clinics, Nurse, Professionalism

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[1] Sevilay Hintistan , Burcu Topcuoglu , "Professionalism Characteristics of Nurses Working in Internal Medicine Clinics," Universal Journal of Public Health, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 46 - 53, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2017.050107.

(b). APA Format:
Sevilay Hintistan , Burcu Topcuoglu (2017). Professionalism Characteristics of Nurses Working in Internal Medicine Clinics. Universal Journal of Public Health, 5(1), 46 - 53. DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2017.050107.