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Table 7 Public image by nationality as reported by nurses/midwives

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

  Strongly disagree / Disagree (n, %) Not Sure (n, %) Strongly Agree/ Agree (n, %)
Kenya Uganda Tanzania Kenya Uganda Tanzania Kenya Uganda Tanzania
The public has a high regard for nurses and/or midwives 70 (36.3) 44 (26.8) 39 (31.7) 25 (13.0) 6 (3.7) 27 (22.0) 98 (50.8) 114 (69.5) 57 (46.3)
Nurses and/or midwives are not valued by society 108 (56.3) 103 (62.8) 34 (27.9) 14 (7.3) 10 (6.1) 24 (19.7) 70 (36.5) 51 (31.1) 64 (52.5)
My professional behaviour affects my image 13 (6.8) 24 (14.6) 35 (29.4) 5 (2.6) 4 (2.4) 18 (15.1) 174 (90.6) 136 (82.9) 66 (55.5)
Showing compassion and care is important 2 (1.1) 1 (0.6) 4 (3.3) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (0.8) 189 (99.0) 163 (99.4) 117 (95.9)
It is important for nurses and/or midwives to have good customer service skills 5 (2.6) 1 (0.6) 3 (2.5) 3 (1.6) 1 (0.6) 1 (0.8) 183 (95.8) 161 (98.8) 117 (96.7)
Marketing nursing and/or midwifery to the public is important 9 (4.8) 12 (7.3) 4 (3.3) 5 (2.7) 6 (3.7) 6 (5.0) 174 (92.6) 146 (89.0) 110 (91.7)
Humanity is an essential component of my role 5 (2.6) 0 (0.0) 4 (3.3) 0 (0.0) 1 (0.6) 1 (0.8) 186 (97.4) 163 (99.4) 116 (95.9)
The public has a positive image of nursing and/or midwifery 70 (37.0) 56 (34.2) 45 (37.5) 30 (15.9) 17 (10.4) 32 (26.7) 89 (47.1) 91 (55.5) 43 (35.8)
Nursing and/or midwifery have varied career paths 34 (17.8) 14 (8.6) 15 (12.4) 8 (4.2) 6 (3.7) 20 (16.5) 149 (78.0) 143 (87.7) 86 (71.1)
Nursing and/or midwifery is challenging and rewarding 14 (7.5) 11 (6.7) 13 (10.7) 7 (3.7) 4 (2.4) 7 (5.8) 167 (88.8) 149 (90.9) 101 (83.5)