Introduction: Professional self-concept is defined as an individualâ€™s perception of self as a professional person, which affects different aspects of professional performance. This study was aimed to investigate the professional self-concept and its relation to work stress in a sample of Iranian nurses.Â
Methods: This research is a cross-sectional study using Cowin's 36-item questionnaire of professional self-concept and the Expanded Nursing Stress Scale (ENSS) in three educational hospitals of Yazd, Iran. A total of 150 nurses were included. We used descriptive statistics and Pearsonâ€™s correlation coefficient for data analysis in SPSS 22.
Results: The analysis of gathered data was done separately for included hospitals due to the nature of the study. Only in one hospital, a statistical relationship was found between professional self-concept and nursing stress while in the other two hospitals, the same relationship was not statistically significant. This finding may be due to different working conditions in different types of hospitals.
Conclusion: Although the definitive confirmation of the relationship between professional self-concept and working stress requires further studies, the approved effect of professional self-concept on some aspects of nursing stress in the studied hospitals can have important policy implications.