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The Perceptions of Professional Values among Students at a Spanish Nursing School

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Nursing Faculty Gimbernat, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 08174 Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain
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Department of Social and Systematic Pedagogy, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
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Healthcare 2020, 8(2), 74; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8020074
Received: 4 March 2020 / Revised: 23 March 2020 / Accepted: 25 March 2020 / Published: 26 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Nursing)
(1) Background: This study aims to reflect student nurses’ perceptions of professional values across the four training years. (2) Methods: This study was designed as a cross-sectional study; data were collected using the Nurses’ Professional Values Scale-Revised, adapted by Basurto-Hoyuelos. A total of 315 student nurses participated from a Nursing Faculty in Spain representing each of the four academic years. (3) Results: Students’ perceptions of professional values were significantly correlated with their academic year. Overall, students’ scores were higher in the ethics dimension. The two highest scores were for Maintain patient confidentiality for years 1 and 2 (4.77 and 4.68, respectively) and Safeguard patients’ right to privacy for years 3 and 4 (4.95 and 4.98, respectively). Lower scores were observed in the professional expertise dimension across all years, and corresponded to a single item Participate in peer review (3.51, 3.38, 3.98, and 3.26, respectively). (4) Conclusions: This study is relevant as it highlights how nursing students’ perceptions of professional values change overtime, even during the four years of their training. The ethics dimension was the most highly regarded across all academic years. However, the professional expertise dimension requires greater attention throughout the degree as students regarded it as less important for their immediate future. View Full-Text
Keywords: nursing students; nursing school; perceptions; professional values; faculty; ethics dimension nursing students; nursing school; perceptions; professional values; faculty; ethics dimension
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Bleda, S.; Alvarez, I.; Prat, M. The Perceptions of Professional Values among Students at a Spanish Nursing School. Healthcare 2020, 8, 74.

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