Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. in Nursing, Graduated of Tarbiat Modarres University, Instructor of Nursing Dept., Nursing & Midwifery School, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran.

2 Ph.D. in Nursing, Associate Professor of Nursing Dept., Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran.

3 Ph.D. in Nursing, Associate Professor of Nursing Dept., Nursing & Midwifery School, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran.


Background & Objective: Ethical competency in nursing means performing nursing cares based on bioethics This type of competency is an important factor in improving the quality of nursing cares Realizing the obstacles of acquiring ethical qualification by nursing students is one of the basic necessities towards nursing education development The development of ethical competency is one of the most important strategies which can help in improving nursing students capabilities and professional development This study aimed to identify the barriers to acquiring ethical qualification by nursing students through content analysis of their experiences Methods: A qualitative study was conducted using a content analysis approach Convenience sampling was employed to select 25 nursing students studying in nursing schools of Tehran public universities Tehran Iran Data were collected through semistructured interviews which were tape recorded and transcribed verbatim Data were analyzed using descriptive content analysis approach according to Graneheim and Lundman method Results: Eight themes emerged from data analyses including lack of motivation and interest of the students in their profession insufficient selfawareness the shortage of expert nursing instructors in ethics science inadequacy of curriculum inappropriate ethical teaching methods problems in evaluation of ethical characteristics poor interpersonal relationships and constraints in clinical setting Conclusion: It seems that in developing nursing students ethical competency both contexts and individuals have a role Therefore barriers of ethical competency should be sought in various aspects The present study provides special classification of obstacles that because of growing from a unique study context can be helpful in planning for the development of professional nursing ethics in education and clinical services Also the findings of this study can provide a base for further researches on this subject


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