What is it about?

This study determined the perceived professional values of nursing students, which are potentially correlated to their individual profiles. This study utilized a cross-sectional design using the Nurse Professional Values Scale-Revised (NPVS-R) to determine nursing students' innate professional values. This study recruited 201 nursing students using a total enumeration sampling from Ha'il region, KSA.

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Why is it important?

The participants in this study recognized the protection and safety of public health as the most significant professional value for nurses. Additionally, maintaining patient confidentiality and active involvement in nursing professional organizations were highly advocated professional values. In terms of the five factors that constitute professional values, justice and caring were regarded as the primary essential components of the professional value system of nurses when providing care to their patients.


The students' appraisal of the significance of protecting public health, maintaining the confidentiality of patient data and strong involvement with professional nursing organizations is testament to the awakening of their future obligations as professional nurses. Nursing schools and educators should strengthen and emphasize the importance of these values in the learning process of the students. Further, by integrating methods to create meaningful realizations and applications of these highly perceived professional values in the nursing curriculum, the curriculum will become more relevant to the vision of producing holistic nursing students imbued with appropriate professional values.

Dr. Daniel Joseph E. Berdida
University of Santo Tomas

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This page is a summary of: The correlates of social determinants to ethico-moral values on professional development of Saudi nursing students, Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences, April 2021, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jtumed.2020.11.002.
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