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Nursing students and teaching of codes of ethics: an empirical research study.
Int Nurs Rev. 2009 Dec; 56(4):483-90.IN

Abstract

AIM

To explore graduating nursing students' perception of nurse educators' teaching of codes of ethics in polytechnics providing basic nursing education in Finland.

BACKGROUND

Codes of ethics are regarded as an essential content in most nursing ethics curricula. However, little is known about how their teaching is implemented.

METHODS

Descriptive, cross-sectional design was used in this study. A total of 214 nursing students responded to a structured questionnaire with one open-ended question. The data was analysed statistically by SPSS and content analysis.

FINDINGS

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. Educators' use of teaching and evaluation methods was narrow. 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.

CONCLUSIONS

Regardless of the responding students' positive description of the teaching, the findings should be interpreted with caution, due to the students' limited interest to respond. In 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.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Turku, Finland. j.o.numminen@welho.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19930078

Citation

Numminen, O H., et al. "Nursing Students and Teaching of Codes of Ethics: an Empirical Research Study." International Nursing Review, vol. 56, no. 4, 2009, pp. 483-90.
Numminen OH, Leino-Kilpi H, van der Arend A, et al. Nursing students and teaching of codes of ethics: an empirical research study. Int Nurs Rev. 2009;56(4):483-90.
Numminen, O. H., Leino-Kilpi, H., van der Arend, A., & Katajisto, J. (2009). Nursing students and teaching of codes of ethics: an empirical research study. International Nursing Review, 56(4), 483-90. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-7657.2009.00748.x
Numminen OH, et al. Nursing Students and Teaching of Codes of Ethics: an Empirical Research Study. Int Nurs Rev. 2009;56(4):483-90. PubMed PMID: 19930078.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Nursing students and teaching of codes of ethics: an empirical research study. AU - Numminen,O H, AU - Leino-Kilpi,H, AU - van der Arend,A, AU - Katajisto,J, PY - 2009/11/26/entrez PY - 2009/11/26/pubmed PY - 2010/2/5/medline SP - 483 EP - 90 JF - International nursing review JO - Int Nurs Rev VL - 56 IS - 4 N2 - AIM: To explore graduating nursing students' perception of nurse educators' teaching of codes of ethics in polytechnics providing basic nursing education in Finland. BACKGROUND: Codes of ethics are regarded as an essential content in most nursing ethics curricula. However, little is known about how their teaching is implemented. METHODS: Descriptive, cross-sectional design was used in this study. A total of 214 nursing students responded to a structured questionnaire with one open-ended question. The data was analysed statistically by SPSS and content analysis. FINDINGS: 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. Educators' use of teaching and evaluation methods was narrow. 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. CONCLUSIONS: Regardless of the responding students' positive description of the teaching, the findings should be interpreted with caution, due to the students' limited interest to respond. In 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. SN - 1466-7657 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19930078/Nursing_students_and_teaching_of_codes_of_ethics:_an_empirical_research_study_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-7657.2009.00748.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -