Effect of Nursing Students’ Caring Character and Gratitude Disposition on Nursing Professionalism
Keywords:Nursing Student, Caring Character, Gratitude Disposition, Nursing Professionalism
Background/Objectives: The objective of this descriptive research study was to determine effects
of caring character and gratitude disposition on nursing professionalism of nursing students.
Methods/Statistical analysis: Data were collected from January 10, 2022 to January 23, 2022 using
self-reported questionnaires from 110 students in the first to fourth years of nursing education at two
universities. Collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test, analysis of variance,
Pearson’s correlation coefficients, and multiple linear regression using the SPSS WINDOW 25.0
Findings: Regression analysis revealed that caring character (β=.33, p=.001) and gratitude
disposition (β=.26, p=.005) were factors significantly affecting nursing professionalism, with a
total explanatory power of 24.9%.
Improvements/Applications: To establish and strengthen nursing students’ proper nursing
professionalism, it is necessary to open courses related to caring character and gratitude disposition
with the development of extra-curricular programs for nursing students.