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International Nursing Science Conference

August 21-23, 2023 | London, UK

August 21 -23, 2023 | London, UK
Nursing Science 2023

Grete Vabo

Grete Vabo, Speaker at Nursing science conferences 2023
University of Agder, Norway
Title : Nursing students professional identity development: An integrative review


The aim of this integrative review was to identify and synthesize current evidence of factors that influence the professional identity development of nursing students in nursing educational programs. Cinahl (EBSCO), Medline, ERIC, Embase, and PsycINFO were searched. Three different appraisal tools and the PRISMA checklist were used. The data from both quantitative and qualitative studies (19 primary studies) were analyzed by applying qualitative content analysis. The analysis revealed two main themes: a caring practice–academic partnership and support in the learning environment. The following seven subcategories were identified: clinical supervisors, ethical competence, preparation, self-confidence, predictability and safety, structure and cooperation, reflective space. Our findings indicate that clinical supervisors play a central role as role models for nursing students. The main themes with sub-themes are critical in the professional identity development of nursing students in nursing educational programs.


In 1980 I finished as Nurse. For some years I was out of job because being at home with kids. I 1998 my further on education started. At the same time, I worked part-time in a Nursing education department. In 2004 I finish my master in pedagogy. My main themes have been nursing documentation. I am the author of a textbook on Nursing documentation in Norway, in august revised for the fourth time. In addition, I have a scientific publication related to this topic. In addition, in recent years I have researched the topic professional identity.