Assessment of Nurses’ Perception Towards Nursing Profession in Public Hospitals Under Addis Ababa Health Bureau, Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Background: Whatever notion or idea best describes nursing and whatever set of activities it is defined, it is clear that there are different perceptions of nursing. Perception by itself is merely defied as an idea, belief, or an image you have as a result of how you see or understand something. The Perception of nursing may vary depending on age, educational level, social and professional experience. Objective: To assess Nurses’ Perception among Professional Nurses in public hospitals under Addis Ababa Health bureau, Ethiopia. Methods: Institution based cross sectional quantitative descriptive study with a cross sectional study design was used to assess the perception of nursing among professional nurses. The sample size was determined by using a formula for estimating a single population proportion. Sample size was 264. Data collection was carried out using structured questionnaire. The collected data were analyzed using EP Info version 3.5.1 and transformed to SPSS version 15.00 in the computer for further analysis. The analyses was verified using descriptive interpretation for demographic variables using frequencies and means, and comparative interpretation was employed for internal analyses using cross tabulation. The significance was checked using p value 0.05 and 95% confidence interval. Result: the response rate was 256 (96%). Majority (67.6%) were female nurses. More than half (56%) of nurses had good perception towards nursing. A significant association was seen between educational level and perception of nursing (P < 0.05). In addition education and perception of important aspects of nursing had shown association (P< 0.05).Conclusion & recommendation: Majority of nurses who participated in this study had good perception towards nursing. Occupational factors were identified as a leading factor which affects perception. Though this research lay down a base for the assessment of perception towards nursing by nurse professionals in our country, further researches are recommended.



Public Hospitals, Nursing profession