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Kohansal Z, Avaznejad N, Bagherian B, Jahanpour F. Evaluation of Moral Sensitivity in Nursing Students of Bushehr University of Medical Sciences in 2016. IJMEHM 2018; 11 :242-252
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1- Masters of Children Faculty of Nursing Midwifery, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran
2- Assistant Professor Faculty of Nursing Midwifery, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
3- Associate Professor Faculty of Nursing Midwifery, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran
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Nurses need to be familiar with the ethical issues of nursing and its sensitivity to all communications and interventions with patients. This sensitivity as a basis for nursing ethics should be considered from the beginning of nursing education. This study aimed to investigate the moral sensitivity of nursing students of Bushehr University of Medical Sciences. This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted to determine the ethical sensitivity of 73 nursing students using standard questionnaire of ethical sensitivity of nurses in decision-making. Its validity and reliability were confirmed in previous studies (α=0.8). Dimensions of the questionnaire were: amount of respect for patient independence, level of knowledge about the relationship with the patient, level of professional knowledge, experience of difficulties and ethical conflicts, and the use of ethical concepts in ethical decision-making, honesty and benevolence. 0-50 were considered as low moral sensitivity, 50-75 as moderate, and 75-100 as high. All nursing students of the third and eighth semester were enrolled in the census in 2016. The average students' moral sensitivity was moderate (68.15±13.99). The highest average was for "honesty and benevolence", and the least for "professional knowledge" and "the use of ethical concepts in moral decision-making". The average moral sensitivity of the eighth semester students was higher than the third semester. There was a significantly relationship between students' moral sensitivity and academic term (p=0.000). Low ethical sensitivity in nurses leads to inappropriate decision-making; therefore, appropriate educational programs should be considered to increase the moral sensitivity of nurses and nursing students from the beginning of education.
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Received: 2018/10/8 | Accepted: 2019/01/12 | Published: 2018/04/15

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