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Table 2 Importance of professional values from the nursing students’ perspective

From: The importance of professional values from nursing students’ perspective

Dimension Item Rank Mean SD
Trust Engage in ongoing self- evaluation 17 3.85 0.91
Request consultation/collaboration when unable to meet patient needs 15 3.93 0.95
Seek additional education to update knowledge and skills 6 4.25 0.83
Accept responsibility and accountability for own practice 5 4.26 0.87
  Maintain competency in area of practice 4 4.31 0.76
Justice Protect health and safety of the public 18 3.74 0.97
Promote equitable access to nursing and healthcare 16 3.91 0.94
Assume responsibility for meeting health needs of culturally diverse population 3 4.36 0.82
Professionalism Participate in peer review 25 3.24 0.99
Establish standards as a guide for nursing practice 21 3.66 0.1
Promote and maintain standards where planned learning activities for students take place 11 4.00 0.91
Initiate actions to improve environments of practice 8 4.07 0.79
Activism Participate in public policy decisions affecting distribution of Resources 26 3.23 1.09
Advance the profession through active involvement in health-related activities 14 3.95 0.90
Recognize role of professional nursing associations in shaping healthcare policy 24 3.44 0.86
Participate in nursing research and/or implement research findings appropriate to practice 23 3.50 0.93
Participate in activities of professional nursing associations 22 3.56 1.01
Caring Protect moral and legal rights of patients 7 4.22 0.74
Refuse to participate in care if in ethical opposition to own professional values 13 3.96 0.97
Act as a patient advocate 12 3.99 0.92
Provide care without prejudice to patients of
varying Lifestyles
10 4.05 0.94
Safeguard patient’s right to privacy 2 4.43 0.70
Confront practitioners with questionable or
inappropriate Practice
20 3.68 1.03
Protect rights of participants in research 19 3.68 0.93
Practice guided by principles of fidelity and respect for Person 9 4.06 0.85
Maintain confidentiality of patient 1 4.46 0.75
  Total   101.79 12.42
  1. Adapted from Weis & Schank [2] and Poorchangizi et al. [21]