J Caring Sci. 2016;5(1):33-41.
doi: 10.15171/jcs.2016.004
PMID: 26989664
PMCID: PMC4794543
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Original Research

Nursing Students’ Understanding of the Concept of Self-Esteem: a Qualitative Study

Vahid Zamanzadeh 1, Leila Valizadeh 2, Rahim Badri Gargari 3, Akram Ghahramanian 2, Faranak Jabbarzadeh Tabriz 2 * , Maureen Crowley 4

1 Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2 Department of Pediatric nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery,Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
3 Department of Psychology, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran
4 University of the West of Scotland, Crichton Campus, Dumfries, Scotland


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.
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