West J Nurs Res 2013 Feb 16;35(2):248-71. Epub 2011 May 16.
School of Nursing, McMaster University, 1200 Main St. West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Although there is no consensus about the definition of professionalism, some generally recognized descriptors include knowledge, specialization, intellectual and individual responsibility, and well-developed group consciousness. In this study, Q-methodology was used to identify common viewpoints about professionalism held by nursing faculty and students, and four viewpoints emerged as humanists, portrayers, facilitators, and regulators. The humanists reflected the view that professional values include respect for human dignity, personal integrity, protection of patient privacy, and protection of patients from harm. Read More