Dignity in nursing care: what does it mean to nursing students?

Mullen, R. F. , Kydd, A., Fleming, A. and McMillan, L. (2019) Dignity in nursing care: what does it mean to nursing students? Nursing Ethics, 26(2), pp. 390-404. (doi: 10.1177/0969733017720825) (PMID:28933258)

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Background: Despite growing interest in the potential of nursing education to enhance dignity in nursing care, 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 responses were analysed by qualitative and quantitative content analysis. Participants and research context: Participants were recruited from each year of a 3-year undergraduate preregistration adult nursing programme in Scotland. In total, 31 nursing students participated 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 and feelings 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 nursing care is highlighted. Conclusion: Understanding the meaning of dignity for nursing students may help prepare future nurses more able to preserve dignity in nursing care.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mullen, Dr Rosemary
Authors: Mullen, R. F., Kydd, A., Fleming, A., and McMillan, L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Journal Name:Nursing Ethics
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1477-0989
Published Online:21 September 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Nursing Ethics 26(2): 390-404
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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