The Nursing Image in Saudi Arabia: A Narrative Review on what it was and what is our Vision | Abstract

International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences (IJMRHS)
ISSN: 2319-5886 Indexed in: ESCI (Thomson Reuters)


The Nursing Image in Saudi Arabia: A Narrative Review on what it was and what is our Vision

Author(s):Anwar Al-Khunizi*, Areej Al-Otaibi, Ali Al-Anazi, Adel S. Bashatah and Syed Wajid

Nursing has been in existence since the first human beings and has changed and improved in parallel with globalization. Like all professions, nursing is significantly influenced by the specific society it serves. Even more, the nurse’s public image appears to be negative in countries where strong cultural traditions strongly restrict women’s involvement in occupations outside the home. Although the society looks at nurses with some disrespect so that individuals were afraid of joining nursing even if they like it. The negative image was shaped due to the lack of expansion in nursing education. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the nursing profession faces significant challenges, including; failure to recruit high academic students into nursing education, poor nursing identity, and lack of awareness about the nursing profession. Furthermore, the nursing profession’s community awareness and public image are critical to recruiting and retaining students into nursing education and improving nurses’ sense of identity.

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