Do students training to be health care workers have compassionate attributes?

Vick, Margaret and Dannenfeldt, Gudrun and Shaw, Bill (2017) Do students training to be health care workers have compassionate attributes? KaiTiaki Nursing Research , 8 (1). pp. 16-22. ISSN 1179/772x

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Aim: This research was developed to measure to what extent health-care students began their training with compassionate attributes. Background: Compassion can be defined as an awareness of others and desire to help, using a non-judgmental approach (Wispe, 1991). Having compassionate health-care workers makes clients feel valued and has always been the expectation of clients and their families. The significance of compassion in health care cannot be underestimated, as highlighted in research from a number of different health disciplines (Bramley & Matiti, 2014; Hall, 2013; Radley & Figley, 2007). Research methods: In 2016, a total of 146 students enrolled in the first semester of nursing, midwifery and social work at the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) in Hamilton, participated in the research. The researchers used a self-administered “compassion to others” psychometric scale to measure compassionate attributes (Pommier, 2010). Data were analysed using the SPSS and ANOVA for descriptive statistics and predictive information. Findings: The results indicated that beginning nursing, midwifery and social work students showed compassionate attributes, eg kindness and common humanity. The mean compassion score for nursing was 82.31 (SD=13.92), midwifery 83.91 (SD=9.56) and social work 85.75 (SD=7.81). These differences were not considered statistically significant. Conclusions: This research found that at entry level, health-care students demonstrate compassion. This information could be used by educators to strengthen and maintain compassion attributes by maintaining and reinforcing the values, hopes and aspirations that brought the students into the profession.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:Compassion, healthcare students, survey, measure.
Subjects:R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
ID Code:5543
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