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A Case-Centered Approach to Nursing Ethics Education: A Qualitative Study

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Department of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul 06974, Korea
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Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul 06974, Korea
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Department of Family Health Nursing, College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul 06974, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7748; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17217748
Received: 17 September 2020 / Revised: 16 October 2020 / Accepted: 22 October 2020 / Published: 23 October 2020
Nurses deal with ethical decisions as they protect patients’ rights, but a consensus on effective approaches to nursing ethics education is lacking. The “four topics” method can facilitate decision-making when nurses experience ethical dilemmas in practice. This study aimed to describe nursing students’ perspectives on and experiences of a case-centered approach to nursing ethics education using the four topics method. This qualitative study consisted of two phases. First, we delivered case-centered nursing ethics education sessions to nursing students using the four topics method. Then, we conducted two focus group discussions that explored students’ perspectives on and experiences of nursing ethics education. Data were analyzed using conventional content analysis. Four themes were identified: the importance of ethics education as perceived by nursing students, problems in current nursing ethics education, the experience of case-centered nursing ethics education using the four topics approach, and suggestions for improving nursing ethics education. The case-centered approach using the four topics method is effective in enhancing nursing students’ nursing ethics ability. It is crucial to understand that nursing students would like to set up their own ethical standards and philosophy. Continuous efforts to encourage students’ participation and to provide ethical reflection opportunities during clinical practice are needed to better connect theory with clinical practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: four topics approach; nursing ethics; nursing education; nursing student; qualitative research four topics approach; nursing ethics; nursing education; nursing student; qualitative research
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Lee, W.; Choi, S.; Kim, S.; Min, A. A Case-Centered Approach to Nursing Ethics Education: A Qualitative Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7748. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17217748

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Lee W, Choi S, Kim S, Min A. A Case-Centered Approach to Nursing Ethics Education: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):7748. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17217748

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Lee, Won, Sungkyoung Choi, Sujeong Kim, and Ari Min. 2020. "A Case-Centered Approach to Nursing Ethics Education: A Qualitative Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 21: 7748. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17217748

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