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Table 8 Public image by gender

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

  Strongly disagree/ Disagree (n, %) Not Sure (n, %) Strongly Agree/ Agree (n, %)
Male Female Male Female Male Female
The public has a high regard for nurses and/or midwives 52 (29.6) 101 (33.2) 21 (11.9) 37 (12.2) 103 (58.5) 166 (54.6)
Nurses and/or midwives are not valued by society 83 (47.4) 162 (53.5) 22 (12.6) 26 (8.6) 70 (40.0) 115 (38.0)
My professional behaviour affects my image 22 (12.6) 50 (16.7) 8 (4.6) 19 (6.3) 145 (82.9) 231 (77.0)
Showing compassion and care is important 3 (1.7) 4 (1.3) 0 (0.0) 1 (0.3) 172 (98.3) 297 (98.3)
It is important for nurses and/or midwives to have good customer service skills 3 (1.7) 6 (2.0) 3 (1.7) 2 (0.7) 167 (96.5) 294 (97.4)
Marketing nursing and/or midwifery to the public is important 9 (5.2) 16 (5.4) 2 (1.2) 15 (5.0) 162 (93.6) 268 (89.6)
Humanity is an essential component of my role 2 (1.2) 7 (2.3) 2 (1.2) 0 (0.0) 170 (97.7) 295 (97.7)
The public has a positive image of nursing and/or midwifery 60 (34.5) 111 (37.1) 29 (16.7) 50 (16.7) 85 (48.9) 138 (46.2)
Nursing and/or midwifery have varied career paths 22 (12.6) 41 (13.6) 11 (6.3) 23 (7.6) 141 (81.0) 237 (78.7)
Nursing and/or midwifery is challenging and rewarding 16 (9.3) 22 (7.3) 8 (4.7) 10 (3.3) 148 (86.1) 269 (89.4)