Professional values of Hispanic nurses: The experience of nursing education

Dawn Doutrich, Peggy Wros, Maria Del Rosario Valdez, Maria Elena Ruiz

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This study used Heideggerian phenomenology to understand the lived experience of Hispanic nurses working in the Pacific Northwest. Twenty-seven practicing Hispanic nurses were interviewed about their experiences in nursing education and practice; this report focuses on the nursing education experience. Though many common themes emerged, the method precludes generalizability but instead offers understanding of what it meant to be a Hispanic nursing student for the study participants. Some of the findings supported those reported previously. Others framed a new understanding of the interplay of values impacting the Hispanic nursing student. Findings reinforced the understanding that Hispanic nurses (and nursing students) are not a homogeneous group. Issues for some students not previously identified included the burden of being "the voice" for all Hispanics, discomfort with self-disclosure, a lack of familiarity or discomfort with assuming educational debt, leaving home to create geographical distance from family responsibilities, and continued cultural incompetence of faculty. Recommendations are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-170
Number of pages10
JournalHispanic Healthcare International
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Diversity
  • Hispanic
  • Nursing education
  • Values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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