Staff Nurses' Self-Esteem as It Relates to Working in Specialty Areas

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Esther Condon

Committee Member

Katie Caufield

Committee Member

Evelyn Singer

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8E97


This study compared the levels of self-esteem of hospital staff nurses working in specialty areas versus those working in general medical-surgical areas. Fifty registered nurses employed full-time in staff positions at a large, acute-care hospital participated in the study. After indicating the area of the hospital in which they worked, the type of education they had, and the number of years of experience as a registered nurse, they then completed the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale. Scores were then compared using independent t-tests applied to the area in which the subject worked, the type of education, and the years of experience. Results indicated no significant difference in the levels of self-esteem of specialty nurses and general medical-surgical nurses. The type of education and amount of experience had no significant effect upon their levels of self-esteem.


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