Bioethics education for practicing nurses in Taiwan: Confucian-western clash

Wan Ping Yang, Ching Huey Chen, Co Shi Chantal Chao, Wei Shu Lai

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To understand the gaps between current bioethics education and the requirements of practicing nurses, a semistructured questionnaire was used to invite the directors of nursing departments at all 82 teaching hospitals in Taiwan to participate in this survey. The response rate was 64.6%. Through content analysis we obtained information about previous bioethical training, required themes and content, recommended teaching strategies, and difficulties with education and its application. The results suggest that Taiwanese nursing personnel need to be instilled with both self-cultivation of morality and mental cultivation to acquire nursing virtues and the right attitudes toward bioethical issues. Good communication skills to prevent damage to the harmonious relationships between patients, their families and medical team members, policies that support the provision of systematic formal knowledge of ethics, small group training, and clarification of values were also shown to be important in bioethics education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-521
Number of pages11
JournalNursing Ethics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects


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