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Table 6 Health care professionals’ perception of nursing and midwifery by gender as reported by nurses/midwives

From: Professional image of nursing and midwifery in East Africa: an exploratory analysis

Doctors’ and other health care professionals’ image and perception of nursing and midwifery Strongly disagree / Disagree (n, %) Not Sure (n, %) Strongly Agree/ Agree (n, %)
Male Female Male Female Male Female
I feel respected and valued in my work as a nurse and/or midwife 65 (35.1) 87 (28.2) 17 (9.2) 20 (6.5) 103v (55.7) 202 (65.4)
Medical doctors have a high regard for nurses and/or midwives 104 (56.2) 140 (45.3) 17 (9.2) 31 (10.0) 64 (34.6) 138 (44.7)
Other health professionals have a high regard for nurses and/or midwives 71 (39.0) 117 (38.0) 32 (17.6) 48 (15.6) 79 (43.4) 143 (46.4)
Medical doctors regard nurses and/or midwives as equal partners in patient care 116 (63.7) 183 (59.2) 15 (8.2) 25 (8.1) 51 (28.0) 101 (32.7)
Advancing my nursing/midwifery knowledge and competencies improves my image as a nurse and/or midwife 11 (6.0) 15 (4.9) 1 (0.6) 4 (1.3) 170 (93.4) 289 (93.8)
Nurses and/or midwives have autonomy in making decisions regarding patient care 80 (44.0) 115 (37.6) 12 (6.6) 18 (5.9) 90 (49.5) 173 (56.5)
Collaboration between physicians and nurses and/or midwives improves patient health outcomes 6 (3.3) 10 (3.3) 1 (0.6) 0 (0.00) 175 (96.2) 298 (96.8)