Need for Changing Nursing Image in India
*Corresponding Author E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
It is the way a person appears to others, or in the case of a profession, the way that profession appears to other disciplines and to the general public—consumers of health care. Image and the perception of the profession impact recruitment of students, the view of the public, funding for nursing education and research, relationships with healthcare administrators and other healthcare professionals, government agencies and legislators at all levels of government, and ultimately, the profession's self-identity. Just like individuals may feel depressed or less effective if others view them negatively, professionals can experience similar reactions if their image is not positive. It impacts everything the profession does or wishes to do. Although nurses comprise the majority of healthcare professionals, they are largely invisible. Their competence, skill, knowledge, and judgment are— as the word, ‘image’ suggests—only a reflection, not reality”. The public views of nursing and nurses are typically based on personal experiences with nurses, which can lead to a narrow view of a nurse often based only on a brief personal experience.
Nursing, Nurses, Image, Profession, Change.