Undesirable or slightly desirable social position of Iranian nurses: A rising cause for concern of the Iranian nursing community

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1 Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Medical-Surgical, Amol Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran

3 Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran

To the Editor

The meaning of nursing is different between cultures, and it seems hard to integrate nursing concepts. However, many studies evaluate the process of professional socialization [1]. Nurses' social position is one of the major factors affecting their quality of life, which may alter their job competency [2]. Being recognized as a doctor's assistant is not only limited to nurses in Iran but also in other countries; even doctors have the same view of nurses and ignore their art in patient care [3]. A study in Iran showed that most Iranian nurses were concerned of culturally based ‘poor’ attitudes of their job [1, 4]. Another study on nurses' social well-being showed a lower score of social acceptance among other variables. Also, have been shown that the mean score of social well-being was higher in male participants who had more experience [5]. “Nursing is not well perceived as a profession within this community”, this is likely the best description of Iranian nurses' social position from a study by Valizadeh et al. [6]. On the other hand, nurses' high rate of burnout is also related to their social position [7]. With all of these, few studies are addressing how to change this social image of nurses. One way is to use them without distortion, portraying their profession in the media [3]. Others suggest extending community-based services and replacing the style of nursing practice from routine-oriented to knowledge-based [4].

Nowadays and with the increasing number of post-graduate nursing students, the young and motivated workforce, and the changing image of this profession among families, nurses are experiencing a slightly better social position. However, more studies are needed to help society feel better about nursing. It is recommended that Iranian researchers design well-designed research in the future to identify barriers to better social positions in nursing.



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Authors’ contributions

Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work: AZK, MHG, ZA, MJG; Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content: AZK, MHG, ZA, MJG; Final approval of the version to be published: AZK, MHG, ZA, MJG; Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved: AZK, MHG, ZA, MJG.





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Volume 2, Issue 2
April 2024
Pages 110-111
  • Receive Date: 22 April 2023
  • Revise Date: 10 July 2023
  • Accept Date: 14 July 2023
  • First Publish Date: 30 November 2023
  • Publish Date: 01 April 2024