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Student nurses' perceptions of dignity in the care of older people

Macaden, Leah; Kyle, Richard G; Medford, Wayne; Blundell, Julie; Munoz, Sarah-Anne; Webster, Elaine


Leah Macaden

Richard G Kyle

Wayne Medford

Julie Blundell

Sarah-Anne Munoz

Elaine Webster


Aim: The aim of this research was to investigate student nurses’ perceptions of the concept of dignity in the care of older people. Student nurses regularly move between the classroom and the clinical setting and are thus ideally placed to cast light on the barriers that exist to providing dignity in care and the way in which their theoretical understanding of dignity is shaped by exposure to the practice setting. Method: All student nurses on a three-year undergraduate nursing programme at one university were invited to participate in an online questionnaire survey and focus groups. Results: Students equated the practice of upholding dignity with listening to individuals, involving them in decision making and maintaining their privacy. Participants were mostly confident about what dignity meant in practice, but were unsure about the more theoretical aspects. Four major barriers to the promotion of dignity were highlighted—these were organisational, environmental, professional and personal in nature. Conclusion: Dignity education should occupy a more prominent position in pre-registration nursing programmes.


Macaden, L., Kyle, R. G., Medford, W., Blundell, J., Munoz, S., & Webster, E. (2017). Student nurses' perceptions of dignity in the care of older people. British Journal of Nursing, 26(5), 274-280.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 21, 2017
Online Publication Date Mar 22, 2017
Publication Date Mar 9, 2017
Deposit Date Feb 23, 2017
Publicly Available Date Feb 23, 2017
Journal British Journal of Nursing
Print ISSN 0966-0461
Electronic ISSN 2052-2819
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 5
Pages 274-280
Keywords General Nursing
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