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Open Access Professionalism in Rural Acute-Care Nursing Le professionnalisme en matière de soins actifs en région rurale

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Professionalism is commonly discussed in nursing but little is known about how it is experienced in everyday nursing practice. This study examines rural nurses' experiences of professionalism and articulates the nature of professionalism in rural acute-care settings. Interview data from 8 nurses in rural acute-care facilities in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, were analyzed using an interpretive description approach. The findings indicate that professionalism among rural nurses is a dynamic, enduring phenomenon that exists in workplace and community contexts. To experience professionalism in rural nursing means being visible in the community while embracing reality in the workplace. Understanding professionalism in a rural context has significant implications in terms of affirming and identifying sources of job satisfaction among rural nurses and creating professional practice environments in rural areas.

Le thème du professionnalisme revient souvent en sciences infirmières, mais on sait peu de choses sur la place qu'il occupe dans l'exercice quotidien des soins infirmiers. Cette étude porte sur l'expérience des infirmières à cet égard et tente d'expliciter la nature du professionnalisme dans le milieu des soins actifs en région rurale. On a analysé au moyen d'une description interprétative des données d'entrevue recueillies auprès de huit infirmières travaillant dans ce secteur en Colombie-Britannique et en Alberta, au Canada. Il en ressort que le professionnalisme est un phénomène dynamique et durable chez les infirmières exerçant la profession en région rurale. Il est associé à la place qu'elles occupent dans la communauté et aux réalités qu'elles côtoient dans leur milieu de travail. Ces conclusions comportent des implications importantes pour l'étude et la valorisation des sources de satisfaction au travail et la création de milieux professionnels adaptés au contexte rural.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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