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Learning and unlearning dignity in care: Experiential and experimental educational approaches

Citation
Kyle R, Medford W, Blundell J, Webster E, Munoz SA & Macaden L (2017) Learning and unlearning dignity in care: Experiential and experimental educational approaches, Nurse Education in Practice, 25, pp. 50-56.

Abstract
Guarding against loss of human dignity is fundamental to nursing practice. It is assumed in the existing literature that ‘dignity’ as a concept and ‘dignity in care’ as a practice in amenable to education. Building on this assumption, a range of experiential and experimental educational approaches have been used to enhance students' understanding of dignity. However, little is known about student nurses' views on whether dignity is amenable to education and, if so, which educational approaches would be welcomed. This mixed-methods study used an online questionnaire survey and focus groups to address these questions. Student nurses in Scotland completed online questionnaires (n=111) and participated in focus groups (n=35). Students concluded that education has transformative potential to encourage learning around the concept of dignity and practice of dignity in care but also believed that dignity could be unlearned through repeated negative practice exposures. Experiential and experimental educational approaches were welcomed by student nurses, including patient testimony, role-play, simulation, and empathy exercises to step into the lives of others. Nurse educators should further integrate experiential and experimental educational approaches into undergraduate and postgraduate nursing curricula to guard against the loss of learning around dignity students believed occurred over time.

Keywords
Human dignity; Nursing students; Nursing education; Role play; Testimony; Experience

StatusPublished
AuthorsKyle Richard, Medford Wayne, Blundell Julie, Webster Elaine, Munoz Sarah Anne, Macaden Leah
Publication date07/2017
Publication date online04/05/2017
Date accepted by journal03/05/2017
PublisherElsevier
ISSN 1471-5953
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Nurse Education in Practice: Volume 25

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