OBJECTIVE:: The objective of this study was to offer qualitative support for the assertion that nurses possess professional capital. BACKGROUND:: Nurses embrace professional standards and tenets that have been measured as trust and ethics. By understanding forms of capital and combining quantitative public-opinion surveys and our qualitative findings, a case can be made that nurses possess professional capital. METHOD:: This was a focused review of existing interview data and was conducted using inductive content analysis. FINDINGS:: Patients provided unsolicited accounts of trust and positive regard for their nurses. CONCLUSION:: Evidence supports that in combination with trust and positive regard, nurses possess professional capital. Nurses should judiciously use their professional capital to impact institutional, political, and economic policy.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Leadership and Management