J Caring Sci. 2016;5(2):95-102 doi: 10.15171/jcs.2016.010
The Level of Professionalism of Nurses Working in a
Hospital in Turkey
Introduction: Professionalism is characterized by the degree of dedication displayed
by individuals regarding the values and behavioral attributes of a specific
career identity. Professionalism
indicates attitudes that represent high levels of identification with and
commitment to a specific profession. In the process of the professional
development of nursing, various factors affect these obstacles which may impede
the professional development of nurses and their professional behaviors. This study was
carried out with the aim of determining the professional behavior of nurses in a hospital in Turkey.
this descriptive exploratory study a total of 89 nurses working in a public
hospital in northwestern of Turkey were participated. Data were collected using
a demographic questionnaire and Behavioral Inventory Form for Professionalism
in Nursing (BIPN).
Results: The result showed that mean scores on the BIPN were 5.07 (3.47). The areas with
the highest levels of professional behavior were competence and continuing
(0.34). The professionalism levels for
nurses were the lowest in the areas of autonomy 0.06 (0.34), publication 0.10 (0.25),
and research 0.25 (0.60). There was a statistically significant difference
between the total BIPN scores and the education levels of the nurses and the
working of nurses.
Conclusion: The professional behavior of nurses is at a low
level. Since the arrangement of the nurses’ working
conditions affects their professional behaviors; therefore, development in the
field of professional behaviors in nursing must be assessed and supported to increase the quality of patient care.