What are the public perceptions of nurses and nursing in the United Kingdom? A systematic review of the literature 2012 - 2016.
(2017) What are the public perceptions of nurses and nursing in the United Kingdom? A systematic review of the literature 2012 - 2016., no. 95.
This dissertation investigated public perception of nurses and nursing in the United Kingdom by reviewing literature from 2012 to 2016 using a systematic review method. Ethical issues concerning the project were identified. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were set and search terms were identified from the research question. The CINHAL, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, SCOPUS, ProQuest Central, ASSIA and Web of Science databases were searched using the search strategy. Relevant papers were hand searched to identify further relevant studies. Nine relevant studies were identified and included in the review. A thematic analysis of the study results was undertaken to identify eight emergent themes. They were: what do nurses do?; compassion, communication and interpersonal skills valued; knowledge and education of nurses; 'traditional' views; nursing as a lowly career; appropriate support from nurses appreciated; person centred practice being desired; and assumed trust in the health system. These themes suggest a lack of understanding of tasks undertaken and the roles fulfilled by nurses. Contradictions were identified surrounding the knowledge held by and education of nurses. Compassion, communication and personal skills of nurses were valued and a lack of these attributes lead to discordant views of nurses. This research suggests further investigation of public views is needed to allow nursing leaders to further engage and explain the role of nurses in the UK.