Turkish society’s perception of nursing image during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Publication date: Feb 04, 2024

The status of nurses who form the backbone of the health system, and the society’s perspective on nursing has undergone serious transformations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The visibility of nurses, who constantly fought on the front lines in the harsh conditions of the pandemic, increased even more in this period. Thus, this study was aimed at determining Turkish people’s perception of nursing during the COVID-19 pandemic and investigating whether there is a significant relationship between the mean score obtained from the Nursing Image Scale and the descriptive variables. The sample of this cross-sectional study consisted of 420 Turkish citizens. The “Descriptive Characteristics Form” and “Nursing Image Scale” were used to collect data. In addition to descriptive analysis, the t-test and One-Way ANOVA test were used. Turkish people’s nursing image during the COVID-19 pandemic was highly positive. Individuals who stated that they had a chronic disease perceived nursing as a professional occupation, which transformed their current nursing image to a more positive image during the COVID-19 pandemic and the mean score they obtained from the Nursing Image Scale was statistically significantly high. We concluded that Turkish people’s perceptions of nurses changed for the better during the pandemic and their awareness of nursing improved. It is the nurses’ responsibility to improve the nursing image of the society. Therefore, it is critical for nurses to create a modern nurse image picturing them as producers of scientific knowledge and independent leaders.

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Concepts Keywords
Constantly COVID-19
Nurses Nursing
Pandemic Nursing image
Scientific Pandemic
Turkish Society’s perception
Turkish society


Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease VO ANOVA
disease MESH chronic disease
drug DRUGBANK Tropicamide
pathway REACTOME Reproduction
disease IDO history
drug DRUGBANK Coenzyme M
disease IDO blood
disease IDO process
drug DRUGBANK Indoleacetic acid
disease VO population
disease MESH marital status
drug DRUGBANK Esomeprazole
disease VO frequency
drug DRUGBANK L-Valine
disease MESH Educational status
drug DRUGBANK Trestolone
drug DRUGBANK Nonoxynol-9
disease VO Thing
drug DRUGBANK Polyethylene glycol
disease MESH infection
drug DRUGBANK Ilex paraguariensis leaf
drug DRUGBANK Spinosad
disease VO study design
disease VO report
disease MESH burn out

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