Evaluation of an educational experiment: Perceptions of undergraduate nursing students about new course in nursing curriculum: nursing ethics and rules

Msayeb Mozafari



Background: A new course named as nursing ethics and rules was established from 2nd semester of 2010-2011 in undergraduate course of nursing in Ilam University of medical sciences. The objective of this research was to study the perspectives of nursing students about course.

Methods: In a descriptive study, 81 nursing student who passed the course were selected in census and their perceptions were surveyed by a researcher – made questionnaire. Data were collected through 1 month after exam of the course in 4 groups from August 2011 to February 2013.

Results: 75 students including 53 (70.7%) female students completed the questionnaires. Results showed that sample reported very high rank as 85.4% for necessity, 73.4% for organizing of curriculum, 74.7% for perceived usefulness, 82.7% for probable usefulness, and 81% for appropriateness of curriculum with nursing roles and duties. 81.4% suggest deleting and modifying the section of introduction and history of medical ethics from curriculum. 70.7% pointed the 6th semester of B.A course before entering internship for presenting the course. 88% suggest increasing outline to 2 credits (34 hours) and 76% report that the scenario based exam is best way to evaluation. 90.7% believed that the lecturer should be a model of moral character, 80% and 28% agree with teaching the legal and ethics contents by specialist respectively.

Conclusion: The new course of professional rules and ethics was an appropriate response to educational needs of nursing students in areas of necessity, organizing of curriculum, usefulness, and appropriateness of curriculum. Results of this study showed need to empower lecturer, using student- directed methods, teaching the course by good moral character lecturer and introducing a course with ethical contents in nursing curriculum.


Nursing ethics; undergraduate course; Iran; Ilam; curriculum

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