The comparison of the level of moral sensitivity in nursing students and nursing staffs in Kerman in 1389

Abbas Abbaszadeh, Fariba Borhani, Leila Moazen Nematollahi



Increased technological and pharmacological interventions in patient care when patient outcomes are uncertain have been linked to the escalation in moral and ethical dilemmas. Experienced by health care providers in acute care settings nursing ethics as an area for research has grown at a rapid rate over the last decade. Publications concerning nurses’ ethical reasoning, moral responsibility, moral choice, and sensitivity in dealing with day-to-day care situations not only add to our knowledge of nursing ethics but also focus on nurses as moral agents. The purpose of this descriptive study was to examine the level of moral sensitivity among nursing students and staffs. Moral sensitivity was measured by using the modified moral sensitivity questionnaire, a 28-item survey with Likert scoring. After translation of the questionnaire, validity and reliability were measured. Participants were 143 staffs and 123 nursing students. The results showed that there was no significant difference in total moral sensitivity score between staffs and students and there was no relevant between demographic characteristics and total moral sensitivity score in both groups. It is therefore recommended that a training program reflecting these variables be developed to enhance nurses' moral sensitivity. Moral sensitivity is considered to be an emerging concept with potential utility in research and practice.


Moral sensitivity; nursing students; staff nurses


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