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Developing an attitude toward the volunteer spirit of nursing students through extracurricular activities
A volunteer spirit is one of virtue that society expects from members that engage in a nursing career. The positive attitude of students is a significant characteristic that leads to an accomplished career in nursing. This research aimed at establishing extracurricular activities, helping to develop the volunteer spirit of nursing students. The 95 nursing students were asked to practice general care activities for patients, elderly and community members during the summer break in the year 2012. Each student was required to be involved as a volunteer by taking general care of patients in a provincial hospital, taking care of the elderly at various homes and assisting village health volunteers to assess members of communities. By way of group discussion, all students were asked to identify their areas of activities, and reflect on their experiences and attitudes as related to the volunteer spirit. The findings revealed the positive attitude towards the volunteer spirit that the nursing students experienced after participating in the various activities. All of the participants were satisfied with the extracurricular activities. It was shown that the nursing volunteer spirit helped promote self-esteem, empathy and altruistic behavior.