Professional values of Turkish nurses: A descriptive study

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Abstract

Background:

Professional values improve the quality of nurses’ professional lives, reduce emotional exhaustion and depersonalization, increase personal success, and help to make collaborations with the members of the healthcare team more frequent.

Objective:

The purpose of this study was to describe the professional values of Turkish nurses and to explore the relationships between nurses’ characteristics.

Methods:

This was a descriptive study of a convenience sample consisting of 269 clinical nurses. A questionnaire was used to identify socio-demographic characteristics, and the Nurses’ Professional Values Scale was applied.

Ethical considerations:

Permission to conduct the study was received from the hospital and the Institutional Review Boards of the Süleyman Demirel University ethic committee.

Results:

The mean scale score of the participant nurses was 165.41 ± 20.79. The results of this study revealed that human dignity was the most important professional value for nurses, and the importance attached to these values showed statistically significant differences by age, length of service, educational level, marital status, position at work, and receiving relevant in-service training.

Conclusion:

Nurses’ Professional Values Scale scores showed that nurses give above average and attached importance to professional values.

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