Perception of compassion and professional values in nursing students: A cross-sectional multivariate analysis from Turkey

Kavradim S., AKGÜN M., ÖZER Z., BOZ İ.

NURSE EDUCATION IN PRACTICE, vol.41, 2019 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.nepr.2019.102652
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Keywords: Compassion, Nursing students, Professional values, CARE, PEOPLE
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Professional values have been acknowledged as the foundation of nursing care, and compassion is recognized as one of these professional values. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between compassion and professional values and the factors that affect the perceptions of nursing students. A cross-sectional research design was used. There were two sample groups: 141 first-year and 185 third-year nursing students (N = 326). The data were collected using a Personal Information Form, a Compassion Scale and the Nursing Professional Values Scale-Revised. Study data were evaluated with univariate and multivariate regression analyses. No statistically significant difference was found between the students' compassion levels. At the same time, the mean professional values score of the third-year students was determined to be statistically significantly higher. Furthermore, it was determined that the compassion levels of female students were greater than those of male students, and the perception of professional values of those whose fathers' education levels were high was greater. This study concluded that professional values increased as education levels increased but the level of compassion did not change. It is suggested that nursing education be shaped in order to include factors affecting the perception of professional values and compassion levels.