SHADI DEHGHANZADEH1*, NAHID DEHGHAN NAYERI2, MAHBOOBEH KHAJEH3
PhD candidate at the school of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran -
PhD, Professor, Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, school of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran -
PhD candidate at the school of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Introduction: Although professional identity is a concept frequently used in nursing literature, its theoretical origin has remained
unclear. On the other hand, investigating this concept is essential to the development of nursing as a profession. Therefore, it is
necessary to understand and clarify professional identity and describe its attributes.
Material and methods: The framework of this study is Roger’s evolutionary method. After a systematic electronic search in
MEDLINE, OVID, PROQUEST, and SCIENCE DIRECT databases, 57 articles on nursing and health sciences and 8 nursing theses
Results: Five attributes were identified and professional identity was defined as an evolving process resulting from the integrity
of education and experience, knowledge and caring, personal and professional identity, and values that is related to group interactions
Conclusion: Professional identity is a complex and multidimensional concept with gender, social, historical, cultural, political,
and organizational considerations. The findings of this concept analysis could guide further researches on nursing professional identity.
Concept analysis, nursing, professional identity