Factors Affecting the Professionalism of Midwifery Students

Sukran Ozkahraman-Koc


Objective: This descriptive study was conducted to analyze the occupational professionalism of midwifery students and the factors affecting this professionalism. Method: All students in the Department of Midwifery of a healthcare sciences faculty between October 10, 2017 and December 10, 2017, were included in the study. The sample was formed by 196 students from 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-year students. Personal Information Form and Inventory of Professional Attitude at Occupation (IPAO) were used in collecting data for the study. Results: In the study, the mean age of the students was 22.14 ± 1.36 and the mean IPAO score of the students was 146.82 ± 12.00 (32–160). It was found that there was a statistically significant difference between IPAO mean scores based on the grade level of the students, their reasons for choosing the occupation, and whether the occupation was appropriate for the student (p < 0.05). Conclusion: It is necessary that adequate information is given to prospective university students regarding the midwifery occupation. It is recommended that midwifery students receive information regarding occupational professionalism throughout their education.

Keywords: Midwifery, student, professionalism, occupational professionalism

DOI: 10.7176/JSTR/5-2-06

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