Dignity in nursing care: What does it mean to student nurses?

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Mullen, Rosemary. ; Fleming, Anne. ; McMillan, Laura. ; Kydd, Angela. (2017)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Subject: RT Nursing | Wellbeing | Long-Term Conditions Research Group | 610.73 Nursing | Content analysis, dignity in care, ethics education, nursing students, photo-elicitation, topic areas Background
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Background: Despite growing interest in the potential of nursing education to enhance dignity in nursingcare, relatively little is known about what dignity means to nursing students.Research question: What meaning does dignity in nursing care have for nursing students?Research design: Photo-elicitation was embedded within a Nominal Group Technique and responseswere analysed by qualitative and quantitative content analysis.Participants and research context: Participants were recruited from each year of a 3-yearundergraduate preregistration adult nursing programme in Scotland. In total, 31 nursing studentsparticipated in the study.Ethical considerations: The study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the School of Health,Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland.Findings: Participants articulated the meaning of dignity in nursing care in terms of the relationships andfeelings involved. A total of 10 categories of meaning were identified.Discussion: The significance of the nature of the nurse–patient interaction to preserving dignity in nursingcare is highlighted.Conclusion: Understanding the meaning of dignity for nursing students may help prepare future nursesmore able to preserve dignity in nursing care.
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