Background and objectives: The term 'professionalism' refers to the conduct, qualities, and goals that characterize a profession and usually describes behaviors that are expected of the members of the profession. Healthcare suppliers demonstrate expertise by attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors that reflect a multi-faceted approach to the regulations, principles, and standards underlying successful clinical practices . The objective of this study is to identify knowledge, practices and attitudes of nurses regarding professionalism and to identify association between variables and (knowledge, practices, attitudes) of nurses regarding professionalism.
Methods: Research design: it is a descriptive cross sectional design. The study conducted in main primary health care centers and hospitals in Erbil city. The study was conducted from 1-6-2018 to 1-10-2018. Non- probability sampling technique was done for data collection, the estimated sample size included (100) nurses out of 400 nurses who work in health care centers and hospitals. Data were collected with interview technique with nurses, using the standardized questionnaire. The questionnaire consists of four main parts. The data was analyzed through the application of SPSS program version 23. (Statistical Package for social Science),
Results: The results of this study revealed that majority of nurses have (44%) fair knowledge (50%) fair practices and (87%) fair attitudes regarding professionalism and also there was significant association between their level of education and professionalism about (knowledge, practices and attitudes) which represented (P-Value= 0.001) while there was not significant association between other variables and professionalism as for knowledge, practice and attitude (P-value <0.05).
Conclusion: The outcomes of this study revealed that majority of nurses have fair knowledge, practices and attitudes regarding professionalism and also there was significant association between their level of education and professionalism while there was not significant association between other variables and professionalism.