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The Current Status and Consideration for Nursing Ethics Education in South Korea

  • Korean Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Abbr : 의료윤리
  • 2017, 20(3), pp.305-316
  • DOI : 10.35301/ksme.2017.20.3.305
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Medical Ethics
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > General Medicine
  • Received : August 31, 2017
  • Accepted : September 12, 2017
  • Published : September 30, 2017

Hyeyoung Hwang 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

Although nursing ethics education in South Korea continues to expand quantitatively in terms of number of courses offered, the quality and satisfaction of the education remains low due to the lack of a systematic curriculum. Many nursing colleges offer lectures on nursing ethics as a modules in other courses instead of as an independent subject. The purpose of this study is to contribute to the development of nurses’ sense of professional ethics by examining the present state and problems of nursing ethics education in Korea and to suggest directions in which to expand and strengthen nursing ethics education. There are three types of problems with nursing ethics education in Korea: a lack of recognition of nursing ethics; imprecise definitions of nursing ethics; and a lack of nursing ethics experts. This study proposes an evaluation plan as follows. First, it is necessary for a deeper reflection and understanding on the nature of nursing ethics. Second, it is necessary to set the goals of nursing ethics education as an independent subject and to develop a standardized curriculum according to these established educational goals. Third, it is necessary to hire nursing ethics specialists who can accurately grasp the academic characteristics of nursing ethics. Finally, it is necessary to link ethics education between nursing colleges and the work of practitioners in the clinical field.

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