Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

JULIO 2014 N° 6 Volumen 17

Social image of nurses, perception by future journalists

Section: Ethics and Society

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Recuero Vázquez M, Gómez Hontanaya R, Hernández Gómez CI, Muñoz Rastrilla S. Imagen social de las enfermeras: percepción de los futuros periodistas. Metas Enferm jul/ago 2014; 17(6): 64-69.


1Miguel Recuero Vázquez, 1Raquel Gómez Hontanaya, 1Cristina Isabel Hernández Gómez, 1Sandra Muñoz Rastrilla


1Estudiantes. Escuela de Enfermería, Fisioterapia y Podología. Universidad Complutense. Madrid.

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Nursing is the most numerous profession within the health area, with constant development and remarkable scientific advances; however, we wonder whether the image that society has of nurses coincides with this reality.
Journalism students will be the future reporters who will have influence upon society through the transmission they make of their view of Nursing.
Objective: to find out the level of knowledge by current Journalism students about nursing activities.
Methodology: transversal descriptive study of a cohort of Journalism students from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Students of the 2nd and 3rd years were selected, and probabilistic estimation of sample size in 185 subjects. Information was collected through an ad hoc survey, and administered by researchers. Questions were asked about the activities of nurses at hospital and public outpatient centres, and about the studies required in order to practice this profession.
Results: overall, 179 valid surveys were collected, 67% by women, and with a mean age of 21 years. Regarding nursing activities at hospital, “Technique Conduction” was marked by 98,9% of participants, vs. 29,1% who marked “Health Training”; answers were similar regarding the outpatient centre. An 84.91% answered that a University Degree is required to become a nurse. “Care” was the most repeated term (36 instances), in association with Nursing.
Conclusions: nurse activities other than technique conduction are still quite unknown by Journalism students.


Social image of nurses; profession; Journalism; students

Versión en Español


Imagen social de las enfermeras: percepción de los futuros periodistas