The viewing room: A lens for developing ethical comportment

Margaret McAllister, Tracy Levett-Jones, Marcia A. Petrini, Kathie Lasater

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    Healthcare is dynamic and complex, and against this background, nursing students must negotiate the transition from lay person to healthcare professional. Diverse life experiences and learning styles can further complicate this journey of transformation. The contemporary role of the nurse includes caring for and making clinical decisions about patients based on ethical principles. Learning about and integrating ethical comportment as part of the transformative journey requires nurse educators to create and implement learning experiences that challenge nursing students to think deeply and broadly about the experiences they encounter, to question their previous assumptions and prejudices, to consider the world of healthcare through a new lens, and to reflect on and learn from the process. The judicious use of film has the potential to assist students to recognize and develop ethical comportment as they prepare for real-world clinical practice experiences. In this paper, we present three film exemplars and related teaching strategies designed to facilitate transformative learning and development of ethical comportment.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)119-124
    Number of pages6
    JournalNurse Education in Practice
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


    • Ethical comportment
    • Film
    • Nursing students
    • Teaching strategy
    • Transformative learning

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nursing(all)
    • Education


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