ETHICAL/MORAL KNOWLEDGE IN NURSING STUDENTS

M. Cunha, C. Albuquerque, A.M. Dias, G. Aparício, I. Bica, S. André, R. Martins

CI&DETS, Escola Superior de Saúde, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu (PORTUGAL)
Introduction:
Ethical / moral education is essential for the design of a scientific course in the health area, as well as the development of the profession sustained on scientific evidence and best clinical practices.

Objective:
To assess the level of ethical / moral knowledge; Determine if age and gender influence the level of ethical / moral knowledge.

Methods:
Descriptive-analytic, cross-sectional study with a non-probabilistic sample of 85 students from the 1st cycle of the nursing degree.

Results:
It was found that most students (55.3%) expressed a positive understanding of ethical and moral knowledge. The remaining students manifest a knowledge deficit (44.7%). The male gender students have a better knowledge (76.9% vs 51.4%), and women are more represented in the group with insufficient knowledge (48.6% vs 23.1%). Students with more hours of training hold better knowledge of the professional duties.

Conclusions:
The results suggest that nursing students have ethical / moral knowledge appropriate to the training course attended, demonstrating that the educational intervention promotes ethically driven training for care.
keywords: knowledge, ethics, values.