The Self-Concept of Undergraduate Nursing Students in Relation to Clinical Performance and selected Biographical Variables (Part II)

  • Gloria R. Burgess


The problem posed by this study — to determine the self- concept of undergraduate nursing students in relation to clinical performance, attrition and selected biographical factors was directed toward identification of students likely to succeed as nurses, and more importantly to succeed as humanistic nurses. According to the premises of self-psychologists such as Rogers (1958) and Combs (1969), people helpers, in order to be effective in their relationships with clients and families of clients, should have positive self-attitudes. While such attitudes have long been recognised as important to adequate professional support, comparatively few studies have been done regarding the self-concepts of nurses who alone comprise the largest number of health care personnel engaged in a helping relationship.


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