Fostering the Development of Professional Identity in Nursing

Fostering the Development of Professional Identity in Nursing

How well do we teach what it means to think, act and feel like a nurse?  The emerging concept of professional identity in nursing focuses on just that.  You’ll hear about the latest research findings on professional identity in nursing, how this idea is addressed in other health professions, and strategies to form and foster professional identity for students and practicing nurses.


Nelda Godfrey, PhD, ACNS-BC

Nelda Godfrey, PhD, ACNS-BC, FAAN, is Professor and Associate Dean for Innovative Partnerships and Practice at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. A scholar and author in professional identity formation within the health professions, Dr. Godfrey is co-author of “The Making of Nurse Professionals: A Transformational, Ethical Approach,” a philosophic inquiry of professionalism in nursing. She is a frequent speaker and author on the learning science, design thinking and ethics, and also writes and speaks about innovative educational and practice models. Her chapter entitled “Professional Identity” in Gidden’s Concepts of Nursing Practice is a clear and contemporary understanding of formation in nursing and the health professions. Dr. Godfrey and the University of Kansas hosted a 50-person, invitation-only think tank on Professional Identity in Nursing: Science, Strategy and Call to Action in September of 2018. Think tank members are committed to moving professional identity language and understanding forward. Some of the results of this think tank will be included in her presentation.