Nursing’s public image in the Republic of Georgia: A qualitative, exploratory study

Allison Squires, Melissa T. Ojemeni, Emma Olson, Maia Uchanieshvili

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The public image of nursing is important because it can facilitate or create barriers to achieving an adequate supply of nursing human resources. This study sought to gain a better understanding of nursing’s professional image within the Republic of Georgia. The Nursing Human Resources Systems model was used to guide the study’s exploratory, qualitative approach. Data collection occurred over a 2-week period in the Republic of Georgia, and thirty-three participants formed the final study sample. Participants included healthcare professionals, key informants from nonprofit and research institutions, and patients. Data analysis occurred using directed content analysis techniques, and three themes emerged: (a) gender dimension; (b) the nursing service recipient experience; and (c) historical legacies. Themes revealed the complexities of nursing’s image in the country. Findings from this study serve as baseline data for understanding nursing’s image in the Republic of Georgia which could assist with improving pre-entry nursing production issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere12295
JournalNursing Inquiry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019


  • Georgian nursing
  • human resources for health
  • nurses
  • public image

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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