Professional Identity in Nursing: A Faculty Perspective

Professional Identity in Nursing: A Faculty Perspective

This interactive session will explore how, based on research findings, a strong sense of professional identity in nursing can benefit students and nursing faculty. Come join us! Get to know fellow faculty and begin to build a mental model of professional identity that helps every one of us build a contemporary view of what it means to think, act and feel like a nurse.


Nelda Godfrey, PhD, ACNS-BC, FAAN, ANEF

Nelda Godfrey, PhD, ACNS-BC, FAAN, ANEF, 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 also a frequent speaker and author on learning science, design thinking and ethics, and writes and speaks about innovative educational and practice models. Her chapter entitled “Professional Identity” in Gidden’s Concepts of Nursing Practice explains the place of professional identity within the discipline of nursing and its influence on professional identity within the health professions. Dr. Godfrey and the University of Kansas have hosted international think tanks on Professional Identity in Nursing to discover and solidify new language about the domains, definitions, and key elements of professional identity in nursing along with WHY statement and conceptual model development. Think Tank participants are committed to moving professional identity language and understanding forward within nursing education, regulation and practice. Some of the results of these think tanks will be included in her presentaiton.