Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2018 Dec;21(4):115-123. 10.14475/kjhpc.2018.21.4.115.

Impact of Biomedical Ethics Awareness and Ethical Values in Nursing Student on Their Attitudes towards DNR

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Graduate School, Konkuk University, Cheongju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Semyung University, Jecheon, Korea. cirog74@semyung.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to identify how nursing students' awareness of biomedical ethics and ethical values affect their attitudes towards a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order.
METHODS
This cross-sectional correlation study was conducted with 275 nursing students enrolled at two universities in North Chungcheong Province and North Gyeongsang Province of South Korea. Data were collected in April 2017 using a self-reported questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, Pearson correlation coefficient and stepwise multiple regression with the SPSS/WIN 23.0 program.
RESULTS
The students' attitudes towards DNR were positively correlated with attitudes that seek ethical values but negatively correlated with their biomedical ethics awareness. The explained variance for attitudes towards DNR was 20%, which was significant (F=13.01, P < 0.001).
CONCLUSION
These findings suggest that nursing students' biomedical ethics awareness and ethical values were associated with their attitudes towards DNR. Curriculum organization and various educational programs should be developed and applied to help nursing students develop ethical values and awareness of biomedical ethics.

Keyword

Students nursing; Bioethics; Ethics; Resuscitation orders

MeSH Terms

Bioethics*
Curriculum
Ethics
Humans
Korea
Nursing*
Resuscitation Orders
Statistics as Topic
Students, Nursing*
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