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Nurse education
Nurse educators must demonstrate care, competence and integrity to enhance students’ trust in them
  1. David Barrett1,
  2. Myles Harris2
  1. 1 Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, Hull, UK
  2. 2 School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Barrett, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, Hull SE1 0AA, UK; D.I.Barrett{at}

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Commentary on: Varagona LM, Hold JL. Nursing students' perceptions of faculty trustworthiness: thematic analysis of a longitudinal study. Nurse Educ Today 2019;72:27–31. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2018.10.008.

Implications for practice

  • Student nurses’ trust of nurse educators is dependent on faculty demonstration of care, commitment, competence and professionalism.

  • Larger-scale studies of factors influencing student nurses’ trust in faculty members—and the impact of trust on outcomes—are required, with utilisation of both qualitative and quantitative approaches.


The professional relationship between nurse educators and nursing students is an important factor in enhancing the academic and clinical development of learners. As a result, researchers have sought to understand the relationship more fully, including factors such as power dynamics1 and the importance of effective relationships in promoting a sense of ‘belonging’ among students.2 The study by Varagona and Hold3 extends this …

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  • Competing interests DB is an Associate Editor of Evidence-Based Nursing Journal.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.