Relationships among nurses' professional self-concept, health, and lifestyles

Desiree Hensel

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According to the American Nurses Association, the entire profession of nursing exists to serve and improve society's health. Thus, to become a nurse, individuals must master a body of knowledge surrounding numerous health aspects. While acquiring the unique knowledge, skills, and values of their profession, nurses form perceptions of personal adequacy in their role, known as professional or nurse self-concept. Given the centrality of health to the profession, it would seem logical that nurses would personally value health and integrate core health behaviors into their professional self-concept and everyday lives. Yet the prevailing evidence leaves in question whether nurses associate their personal health and lifestyles with their professional roles. This article explores the relationships among nurse self-concept, health status, and healthy lifestyle practices in a sample of Midwestern nurses in an attempt to better understand if nurses who integrate healthy behaviors into their everyday lives feel a stronger sense of professional adequacy relative to nurses who do not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-62
Number of pages18
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011


  • anxiety/stress
  • descriptive quantitative
  • diet and eating
  • exercise
  • health screening behaviors
  • nurses
  • self-concept
  • spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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