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Nursing Students’ Professional Value Development

Can We Do Better?

Feller, Lisa M.; Fisher, MaryDee; Larson, June; Schweinle, William

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000504

AIM The purpose of this study was to identify whether differences exist in nursing professional values based on program type and/or geographic location.

BACKGROUND Deliberate inclusion of values formation is critical to nursing education and high-quality nursing care. There is limited research comparing professional values development among students in all types of prelicensure RN programs and no research comparing students’ professional values between geographic regions.

METHOD A secondary analysis was completed of original data collected in three descriptive studies using the Nursing Professional Value Scale-Revised®.

RESULTS Findings indicate prelicensure nursing students are educated with the values integrated within the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics. Significant differences (p < .05) were found when comparing geographic locations, program types, and Nursing Professional Value Scale-Revised factor scores.

CONCLUSION Additional research is needed to identify best practices for overall values formation in all program types.

About the Authors Lisa M. Feller, EdD, RN, CNE, is academic director, Department of Nursing, University of South Dakota, Pierre, South Dakota. MaryDee Fisher, DNP, RN, CPN, is an assistant professor, Department of Nursing, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. June Larson, EdD, RN, ANEF, is a professor emeritus, School of Health Sciences, University of South Dakota. William Schweinle, PhD, is an associate professor of biostatistics, School of Health Sciences, University of South Dakota. For more information, contact Dr. Feller at

The authors have declared no conflict of interest.

Online date: May 1, 2019

© 2019 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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