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สินาพร วิทยาวนิชชัย (Sinaporn Withayavanitchai)
อรพินทร์ ชูชม (Oraphin Choochom)
อัจศรา ประเสริฐสิน (Ujsara Prasertsin)


The purpose of this qualitative research was to study the meaning and characteristics of ego identity and professional identity of private-university nursing students in and around Bangkok areas. Purposive sampling was used to select key informants, which consisted of five nursing students and five nursing instructors and professional nurses. In-depth interviews were used to collect the data. The topics and questions that guided the interviews were generated from related works on the subject. Content analysis was used for the data analysis.

The findings reveal that the meanings of ego identity depend on an individual’s inner self, and on how they see it from their standpoints. Despite the differences, however, five characteristics of ego identity can commonly be identified. These are: being one’s own self, self-understanding, goal-setting, emotional maturity and interpersonal relations. Similarly, the meaning of professional identity differs among the interviewees, but there are five traits of the professional identity that they all share: knowledge and professional skills, service-mindedness, volunteer spirits, discipline, morality and virtues. The characteristics of ego and professional identity found in this study would be beneficial to nursing-student development that nurtures the traits that help students reach their personal and professional goals.

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