Ethics education in nursing—structural characteristics and didactical implications of nursing education

Riedel, Annette; Lehmeyer, Sonja; Monteverde, Settimio (2022). Ethics education in nursing—structural characteristics and didactical implications of nursing education Ethik in der Medizin, 34(3), pp. 387-406. Springer 10.1007/s00481-022-00709-7

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Background: A special characteristic of nursing education is that professional teaching takes place in various locations. The learning locations involved (such as learning in theory, learning in clinical practice, or learning in third facilities, which are becoming increasingly popular, such as the skills lab) have an impact on and promote the development of ethical competences among prospective nursing professionals in various ways. Furthermore, it has become evident that the structural conditions that are specific to teaching and learning in nursing education programs shape the organization of ethics education and the promotion of ethical competence development among nurse trainees over the course of their education. Objectives: The aim of this article is to discuss the following key question: What are the specific pedagogical and didactical requirements and educational frameworks that arise in view of the various learning locations in nursing education in order to facilitate ethics education and ethical competence development among prospective nursing professionals? Discussion: This article emphasises the importance of a systematic, methodically reflected and learning-location-coordinated approach to ethics education in the field of nursing education. Moreover, it highlights the relevance of the conscious promotion of settings for ethical reflection within the process of ethical competence development in the different locations of learning. The unique quality of ethics education in nursing emerges from the professional requirements that are characteristic to nursing care and the individual experiences of trainees at the various locations of learning throughout their nursing education program

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Journal Article (Original Article)


School of Health Professions
School of Health Professions > Nursing


Riedel, Annette;
Lehmeyer, Sonja and
Monteverde, Settimio0000-0002-7041-2663


B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
R Medicine > RT Nursing








Settimio Monteverde

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27 Jun 2022 13:30

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28 Aug 2022 01:37

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