A Critique of the Research Article: Professional Values: The Case for RN-BSN Completion Education
Previous research has proven that there is little difference between the professional values of nurses. Researchers Hansen, Huyer-Eatwell, & Kubsch, state that there is a difference in nursing values which is evident by difference nursing practice, and questions whether a nurses perception of what professional values are could explain the conclusion of previous studies. The research paper titled, Professional Values: The Case for RN-BSN Completion Education, conducted by Kubsch, Hansen, Huyer-Eatwell (2008), question whether the perception of professional values in nursing is different depending on the education background of the nurse. A Critique of the Research Article: Professional Values: The Case for RN-BSN Completion Education According to the Collins English Dictionary (n.d.), the definition of a profession is a body of people requiring special training in the liberal arts or sciences. Nursing, as a whole, continues to have difficulty meeting the criteria of a profession, due to the differences in educational programs required to sit for licensure to practice as a registered nurse (RN). Previous research concludes that there is little difference between the professional values of RN’s based on educational level. The research article, “Professional Values: The Case for RN-BSN Completion Education” (Kubsch et al., 2008), states that there are differences in nursing values, as evidenced by a difference in nursing practice among nurses. Kubsch et al., considers if the educational level of the practicing nurse, defines their perception of what professional nursing values are. If so, perception is the factor manipulating the outcomes of previous studies concluding there is little difference in professional values of RN’s from different educational backgrounds. This paper will critique the qualitative research article, Professional Values: The Case for EN-BSN Completion Education. Critique
Problem and Purpose of the study
Kubsch et al., analyzes the difficulty of nursing to define itself as a profession, as the practice among RN’s vary, indicating a difference in perception of nursing values among nurses. To obtain the title of professionals, nurses must practice with the same practice guidelines. The article suggests inconsistency in perceived professional values is due to the difference in educational level of practicing RN’s. The problem statement, “do differences in the perception of professional values exist among practicing RNs? If so, is the difference related to educational background or is it due to other factors?” (Kubsch et al., 2008), clearly identifies a concern in defining is important as it discusses the educational differences that influence the practice of RNs. The researchers utilize a phenomenological research approach to examine the phenomena of perception in professional values in nursing learned in nursing education. Concepts
The theory of the three C’s developed by Lydia Hall is used to guide the study. Hall’s theory separates nursing practice into three categories, care, cure, and core. Care includes the physical tasks nurses complete to assist with activities of daily living, cure involves the interdisciplinary function the provides as a member of the health care team, and core addresses the patient’s social, emotional, and spiritual needs that need to be met for the patient to heal self. It is the therapeutic relationship, or Hall’s core aspect of nursing practice that a nurse develops with the patient that provides the conceptualization of professional values (Care, cure, and core: The three C’s of Lydia Hall, n.d.). The research concept of the perception of professional values was conceptually defined in the Core aspect of Hall’s three C’s theory. The article defines the independent variable as level of nursing education on the dependent variable of professional...
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