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Self-Awareness: A Review and Analysis of a Basic Nursing Concept

Eckroth-Bucher, Margie PhD, MSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3181fb2e4c
Invitation to Dialogue on Nursing Essentials: Original Article

Self-awareness has long been addressed as fundamental for the professional nurse with the accepted view that self-awareness will lead to greater competence. Therefore, it is important to understand the historical evolution of the concept, attributes, antecedents, and consequences. Rodgers’ evolutionary method was used for critical analysis of nursing, social sciences, and education literature. Analysis indicates that self-awareness is a dynamic, transformative process of self. Ultimately, self-awareness is the use of self-insights and presence knowingly to guide behavior that is genuine and authentic to create a healing interpersonal environment. Future research areas within practice and education are identified.

Department of Nursing, Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania.

Correspondence: Margie Eckroth-Bucher, PhD, MSN, RN, Department of Nursing, Bloomsburg University, 3203 McCormick Center for Human Services, 400 E Second St, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 (

Disclosures: Author has no disclosures to identify pertinent to this manuscript.

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