Nursing students and teaching of codes of ethics: an empirical research study

TitleNursing students and teaching of codes of ethics: an empirical research study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsNumminen, OH, Leino-Kilpi, H, van der Arend, A, Katajisto, J
JournalInternational Nursing Review
Volume56
Issue4
Pagination483-490
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number00208132
Accession Number45064404
Keywordscodes , education , FINLAND , Graduate , MEDICINE , NURSING , PEDAGOGICAL , Pedagogical Materials , professional , professional codes of ethics , research , Study , teaching
AbstractTo explore graduating nursing students' perception of nurse educators' teaching of codes of ethics in polytechnics providing basic nursing education in Finland, this study had 214 nursing students to respond to a structured questionnaire with one open-ended question. Students perceived teaching of the codes as fairly extensive. The emphasis was on the nurse–patient relationship. Less attention was paid to nursing in wider social contexts. Students whose teaching had been integrated into clinical training perceived that teaching had been more extensive. However, students did not perceive integration to clinical training as a much used teaching format. Students assessed their own knowledge and ability to apply the codes as mediocre. Those educators, whose knowledge about the codes students had assessed as adequate, were also perceived to teach the codes more extensively. While this data must be viewed with caution, the authors conclude that when teaching ethics, particular attention should be paid to more versatile use of teaching and evaluation methods, organization of integrated teaching, educators' competence in ethics, and student outcomes so that the importance of ethics would come across to all nursing students.
NotesNumminen, O. H. Leino-Kilpi, H. 1 van der Arend, A. 2 Katajisto, J. 3; Affiliation: 1: 2 Professor of Nursing Science, Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku, Turku, Finland, 2: 3 Professor, Department of Health, Ethics & Society, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, the Netherlands, 3: 4 Statistician, Senior Lecturer, Department of Statistics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Turku, Turku, Finland; Source Info: Dec2009, Vol. 56 Issue 4, p483; Subject Term: CODES of ethics; Subject Term: NURSING ethics; Subject Term: NURSING -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: RESEARCH; Subject Term: TEACHING methods; Subject Term: NURSING students; Subject Term: EDUCATION; Subject Term: NURSING schools -- Faculty; Subject Term: STUDY & teaching; Subject Term: FINLAND; Author-Supplied Keyword: Codes of Ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Finland; Author-Supplied Keyword: Graduate Students; Author-Supplied Keyword: Nursing; Number of Pages: 8p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1111/j.1466-7657.2009.00748.x
Short TitleNursing students and teaching of codes of ethics: an empirical research study
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