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Students’ self-perception of empathy in caring


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Title Students’ self-perception of empathy in caring
Creator Matshaka, Lerato
Subject Health Sciences; Nursing caring; empathy; perceptions; student nurses; mindfulness; awareness.
Description Background: The attribute of empathy leads to more desired patient outcomes. A patient who experiences empathy from student nurses will feel important and cared for. It is vital to know how student nurses perceive themselves in terms of empathy in caring. Thus, self-reflection is a requirement on the part of student nurses in a caring relationship.Objectives: This study aimed to determine student nurses’ self-perceptions of empathy in caring and compare the third- and fourth-year student nurses’ self-perceptions of empathy in caring.Method: A quantitative, descriptive and comparative approach was employed in the study. The population was undergraduate student nurses in their third- and fourth-year level of study (n = 77), while 56 respondents participated in the study. Ethical approval was obtained prior to commencing with the study. Data were collected by way of the Consultation and Relational Empathy measure questionnaire that consisted of 10 items responded to by using the 5-point Likert scale. Data were analysed by means of descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and t-tests.Results: All the student nurses perceived themselves to have empathy in caring. There was no significant difference in perceptions of empathy in caring by the nurses in their third- and fourth-year level of study.Conclusion: The results of the study provide insights for nursing education and training to shape and mould the empathy perceived by the student nurses. Future research could focus on the patients’ perspective coupled with the student nurses’ perspective to prevent bias.Contribution: This paper contributes by adding self perceptions of empathy by student nurses to support best practice in nursing.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor None
Date 2023-06-23
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — quantitative, descriptive and comparative approach, questionnaire
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/curationis.v46i1.2364
Source Curationis; Vol 46, No 1 (2023); 6 pages 2223-6279 0379-8577
Language eng
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Coverage Johannesburg; South Africa third and fourth year nursing students 18 and 29; male and female; black
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Lerato Matshaka