Perceptions Of Italian Student Nurses Of The Concept Of Professional Respect During Their Clinical Practice Learning Experience
This research explored the perceptions of third-year undergraduate nursing students in Italy in relation to the perceptions they had about factors that promoted or diminished the development of professional identity and the professional respect in themselves, and in nursing during their clinical training. Clinical training was meaningful to develop specific knowledge, communication skills, and interpersonal and inter-professional relationships in the area considered. It was also found to be equally important to have good role models to foster the moral development and build a solid professional identity for nursing students. Building a professional identity is an ongoing process and depends on social contexts and on the students' development of the ability to act morally. In this framework, student nurses have to be strongly supported to develop their identity as moral agents in spite of the conflicting demands on them in hostile settings that often do not make them feel respected for their actions. Based on our evidence, we identified two conceptual areas: positive role models and supportive working environments; both have to be strongly connected each other if the student nurses have to develop a strong respect for the ethical values of their profession.
Clinical environment; Clinical placements; Role modeling; Student nurses.