Teaching core nursing values

Nancy L. Fahrenwald, Susan D. Bassett, Lois Tschetter, Paula P. Carson, Lani White, Venita J. Winterboer

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-51
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005


  • Curriculum
  • Nursing education
  • Professional values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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