A study of an ethics education topic for undergraduate nursing students

Evdokia Kalaitzidis, Klaus-Karl Schmitz

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    The study aims to explore nursing students' perceptions of the relative value of various aspects of the ethical component of the undergraduate topic, Ethics and Law applied to Nursing' (topic NURS2104). To enable time for reflection on ethics in nursing, sampling occurred 1. year after successful completion of the above-mentioned topic and after successful completion of all but the final clinical experience components of the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) degree.A significant proportion of respondents perceived ethics education as relevant to professional practices. It is also noteworthy that the ethical decision-making strategies that had been incorporated into the topic (NURS2104) became transformed by the clinical experience of each particular student. While results of this study are not conclusive, they nevertheless provide important information for future nursing students on the evolutionary development of ethics education.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)111-115
    Number of pages5
    JournalNurse Education Today
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


    • Ethics education
    • Nurse education
    • Reflective critical thinking


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