Professional Ethics and its Importance in Education

  • Kateriina Rannula Tallinn Health Care College
  • Ene Kotkas
  • Tiina Titma
  • Kristiina Puura
  • Kairi Lenk
  • Marina Kopti
  • Diana Sokolova
Keywords: professional ethics, medical ethics, nursing ethics, communication and ethics


Background: Today`s fast-changing world and developments in health care system have indirect or direct  effects on communication ethics. More and more unethical situations are faced by health care workers in their professional work. Thus, it is important to address the ethical aspects more seriously already in the learning environment.

Objective: To describe the students` opinions on learning professional ethics.

Methods: The methodology combines theoretical and empirical parts, semistructured interviews conducted with 47 students were analysed.

Results: All respondents emphasized the importance of learning professional ethics to cope with unethical situations in practice. Students prefer integration of ethics across speciality courses. 

Conclusions: Ethical aspects should be more integrated into speciality studies and ethics simulations should be used as teaching methods.


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Author Biographies

Tiina Titma

Tallinn Health Care College, lecturer, Estonia

Kristiina Puura

Tallinn Health Care College, lecturer, Estonia

Kairi Lenk

Tallinn Health Care College, lecturer, Estonia

Marina Kopti

Tallinn Health Care College, lecturer, Estonia

Diana Sokolova

Tallinn Health Care College, student, Estonia


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How to Cite
K. Rannula, “Professional Ethics and its Importance in Education”, se, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 47-60, Feb. 2019.