Nursing students' understanding of the concept of self-esteem: a Qualitative Study

Vahid Zamanzadeh, Leila Valizadeh, Rahim Badri Gargari, Akram Ghahramanian Ghahramanian, Faranak Jabbarzadeh Tabrizi, Maureen Crowley

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Introduction: The concept of self-esteem has several definitions in different
paradigms. Nursing has a unique and combined paradigm; therefore it is necessary to explore nursing students’ understanding of the concept of self-esteem. The present study aimed to discover the extent and characteristics of the concept of self-esteem from the perspective of Iranian nursing students through a qualitative approach.

Methods: This study was conducted using the conventional content analysis method with the participation of 14 nursing students. Purposive sampling was used to recruit participants and data were collected through in-depth semi-structured interviews and analyzed simultaneously.

Results: Study findings showed that the nursing students’ self-esteem is related to the sense of worthy they perceived as being a nursing student. Nursing students’ self-esteem was determined through sense of worthy related to their perceived professionalism level, socialization into the profession, and enthusing of them about being a nursing student.

Conclusion: If a nursing student was proud of her or his nursing role, then he or she would enjoy the nursing course and all that entailed; such as communication with colleagues, performing the tasks and, generally her or his career.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Caring Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Self esteem
  • Nursing
  • Nursing student
  • Qualitative study


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