Teaching core nursing values

J Prof Nurs. Jan-Feb 2005;21(1):46-51. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2004.11.001.


Nursing is a caring profession. Caring encompasses empathy for and connection with people. Teaching and role-modeling caring is a nursing curriculum challenge. Caring is best demonstrated by a nurse's ability to embody the five core values of professional nursing. Core nursing values essential to baccalaureate education include human dignity, integrity, autonomy, altruism, and social justice. The caring professional nurse integrates these values in clinical practice. Strategies for integrating and teaching core values are outlined and outcomes of value-based nursing education are described. Carefully integrated values education ensures that the legacy of caring behavior embodied by nurses is strengthened for the future nursing workforce.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum*
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate*
  • Empathy
  • Humans
  • Morals
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Social Justice
  • Social Values*
  • Teaching / methods*
  • United States