Date of Award

Summer 8-1986

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Clare Houseman

Committee Member

Sue W. Young

Committee Member

Helen Yura

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8C72


Authors of journal articles contribute to the image of the nurse that is projected to journal readers. The purpose of this study was to explore the image of nursing as portrayed in articles published in Nursing Outlook from 1960-1979. A descriptive study, with content analysis, was conducted using articles concerned with professionalism or nursing education published in Nursing Outlook from 1960-1979 (a time identified as negative for societal images of nursing). The educational background of the authors was noted. Findings indicated that the majority of authors projected the image of a nurse as a well-educated, independent professional; images not reflective of societal views. The number of nurse authors increased over the twenty years and there was a significant increase in the number of nurses with graduate preparation. It was concluded that authors should continue to be futuristic, establish goals for improving nursing's image, and write in conjunction with those goals.


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