Professional Values Competency Evaluation: Comparing Student Written Assignments to Literature Findings

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Nurse educators have had no clear evidence-based method to evaluate student competency related to professional values. This article describes a comparative analysis in which the list of professional values identified in a research study of undergraduate prelicensure nursing student assignments was compared with a list identified in an integrative review of nursing literature. Comparative analysis allowed for a categorization of professional values that were either congruent between student assignments and literature, exclusively evident in literature, or exclusively evident in student assignments. Findings may contribute to curricular process improvements promoting professional values development in undergraduate nursing students.

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