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Nurs Educ Perspect. 2014 Jan-Feb;35(1):37-42.

A comparison of professional value development among pre-licensure nursing students in associate degree, diploma, and bachelor of science in nursing programs.

Abstract

AIM:

The aim of the study was to compare the development of professionalism in pre-licensure nursing students in associate degree, diploma, and baccalaureate programs.

BACKGROUND:

Concerns have been raised about whether professional values to guide nursing practice are consistently instilled within nursing education programs.

METHOD:

Degrees of professionalism were operationally measured by the 26-item Nurses Professional Values Scale-Revised (NPVS-R) (Weis & Schank, 2009) in a convenience sample.

RESULTS:

ANOVA analysis (p = 0.0003) and then pairwise t-test analysis (p = 0.0004) revealed statistical significance when comparing NPVS-R scores and educational preparation. Differences between professional values scores and levels within each program revealed significance for the diploma students (p < 0.0001). Secondary subanalysis of the NPVS-R factors among levels and between educational preparation again revealed significance.

CONCLUSION:

Curricula revisions, faculty reflection and enrichment, as well as active student engagement are warranted to more vigilantly enhance the role formation process.

PMID:
24716340
DOI:
10.5480/11-729.1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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