Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Sharon Leech-Hofland


The purpose of this study was to determine the affects of selected personal and professional factors on nurses' perceptions of self-health as evaluated by responses to a questionnaire designed for this study. A modification of the Health Belief Model, titled the Health Perception Model, served as the conceptual model for the study.
The sample consisted of 121 registered nurses employed at a 515-bed hospital in a rural Midwestern state. A descriptive correlational design was used.
The study posed thirteen null hypotheses predicting the influence of the variables (concern about health matters in general, subjective estimate of susceptibility to illness, age, presence of diagnosed illness, presence of symptoms, positive health activities, social factors, shift rotation, job satisfaction, type of nursing care unit, length of experience on specific unit, length of nursing experience, and professional commitment) on nurses' perceptions of self-health. The statistical test was the analysis of variance. The null hypotheses regarding subjective estimate of susceptibility to illness, presence of symptoms, presence of disease,, and positive health activities were rejected at the .05 level of significance.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nurses -- Psychology
Health behavior



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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