Nursing, Public Health

Nursing Administration

Challenge Professionalization among Nurses

Health Sciences Course

  • Master / Doctoral Degree

Faculty

ASAKURA, KyokoASAKURA, Kyoko
ASAKURA, Kyoko

Professor, R.N. Ph.D.

Research Theme

  • Elucidation of the predictors of psychosocial working environment among nurses’ occupational mobility
  • Analysis by gender perspective of nursing phenomena
  • Elucidation of professional autonomy of nurses, autonomous clinical judgment of nurses, reflective thinking of nurses
Research Keywords:

professionalization, autonomy, occupational mobility, clinical judgment

Technical Keywords:

scale development, survey research, qualitative research, gender analysis

Laboratory Introduction

Elucidation of the predictors of psychosocial working environment among nurses’ occupational mobility. To show off nurses’ abilities and provide high quality care continuously, it is needed that nurses satisfy their work environment and continue to work. We are engaging to elucidate the predictors of psychosocial working environment among nurses’ occupational mobility.
Analysis by gender perspective of nursing phenomena. Nursing has been constructed as an occupation for women since modern times, and then 94% of nurses are female at the present time in Japan. We are analyzing phenomena of nursing by gender perspective. Thus, we are engaging to analyze nursing phenomena by gender perspective and to aim nurses’ social status in Japan moved up.
Elucidation of professional autonomy of nurses, autonomous clinical judgment of nurses, reflective thinking of nurses.To become a complete profession, nurses should fulfill the three conditions for profession which are autonomy, publicity and original and established knowledge. Especially for nurses, getting autonomy is really difficult. We are conceptualizing professionalism of nurses, including autonomy, and exploring the predictors of professionalism.

Figure 1. Confirmatory factor analysis for the concept of autonomy among nurses

Figure 1. Confirmatory factor analysis for the concept of autonomy among nurses

Figure 2. Seminar at a lodging-house in Zao, Yamagata Pref

Figure 2. Seminar at a lodging-house in Zao, Yamagata Pref

Recent Publications

  • Asakura K. Satoh M. Watanabe I. The Development of the Attitude Toward Professional Autonomy Scale for Nurses in Japan. Psychological Reports, 119(3), 761-782, 2016
  • Asakura K, Kago R. Autonomous Clinical Judgment in Mid-Career Japanese Generalist Nurses, 33(4): 43-52, 2013. [Jpn]
  • Tei-Tominaga M, Asakura T, Asakura K. Stigma towards nurses with mental illnesses: A study of nurses and nurse managers in hospitals in Japan. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 23:316-325, 2013.
  • Asakura K, Watanabe I. The Survival Strategy of Male Nurses in Rural Areas of Japan. Japan Journal of Nursing Science, 8(2): 194-202, 2011.
  • Asakura K. Conservative Attitudes toward Nursing Professionalism in Japan. The Japanese Journal of Health Behavioral Science. 22: 106-120, 2007.