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Analysis of graduating nursing students’ moral courage in six European countries

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dc.contributor Landspitali - The National University Hospital of Iceland
dc.contributor.author On behalf of ProCompNurse Consortium
dc.date.accessioned 2022-01-08T01:01:56Z
dc.date.available 2022-01-08T01:01:56Z
dc.date.issued 2020-10-29
dc.identifier.citation On behalf of ProCompNurse Consortium 2020 , ' Analysis of graduating nursing students’ moral courage in six European countries ' , Nursing Ethics , vol. 28 , no. 4 , pp. 481-497 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0969733020956374
dc.identifier.issn 0969-7330
dc.identifier.other PURE: 37507395
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 98300480-70b9-4643-8bea-2be44f1f9ed0
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85094660828
dc.identifier.other unpaywall: 10.1177/0969733020956374
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2801
dc.description Funding Information: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: The ProCompNurse research project is funded by the Academy of Finland (Decision 28.4.2017; no. 310145 for the period 2017–2021). Publisher Copyright: © The Author(s) 2020.
dc.description.abstract Background: Moral courage is defined as courage to act according to one’s own ethical values and principles even at the risk of negative consequences for the individual. In a complex nursing practice, ethical considerations are integral. Moral courage is needed throughout nurses’ career. Aim: To analyse graduating nursing students’ moral courage and the factors associated with it in six European countries. Research design: A cross-sectional design, using a structured questionnaire, as part of a larger international ProCompNurse study. In the questionnaire, moral courage was assessed with a single question (visual analogue scale 0–100), the questionnaire also covered several background variables. Participants and research context: The sample comprised graduating nursing students (n = 1796) from all participating countries. To get a comprehensive view about graduating nursing students’ moral courage, the views of nurse managers (n = 538) and patients (n = 1327) from the same units in which the graduating nursing students practised were also explored, with parallel questionnaires. Ethical considerations: Ethical approvals and research permissions were obtained according to national standards in every country and all participants gave their informed consent. Results: The mean of graduating nursing students’ self-assessed moral courage was 77.8 (standard deviation 17.0; on a 0–100 scale), with statistically significant differences between countries. Higher moral courage was associated with many factors, especially the level of professional competence. The managers assessed the graduating nursing students’ moral courage lower (66.5; standard deviation 18.4) and the patients slightly higher (80.6; standard deviation 19.4) than the graduating nursing students themselves. Discussion and conclusions: In all countries, the graduating nursing students’ moral courage was assessed as rather high, with differences between countries and populations. These differences and associations between moral courage and ethics education require further research.
dc.format.extent 17
dc.format.extent 481-497
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Nursing Ethics; 28(4)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Siðferði
dc.subject Hugrekki
dc.subject Hjúkrunarfræði
dc.subject Nemendur
dc.subject Hjúkrunarmenntun
dc.subject Ethical competence
dc.subject graduating nursing student
dc.subject international survey
dc.subject moral courage
dc.subject nursing education
dc.subject Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects
dc.title Analysis of graduating nursing students’ moral courage in six European countries
dc.type /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/researchoutputtypes/contributiontojournal/article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.pmid 33118442
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1177/0969733020956374
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dc.contributor.department Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery


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