Religious attitude and sense of citizenship effect on organ donation in nursing students: A cross-sectional study

Turhan Damar H., SARIGÖL ORDİN Y., Erki̇n Ö.

Nurse Education in Practice, vol.76, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 76
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.nepr.2024.103937
  • Journal Name: Nurse Education in Practice
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, ASSIA, CINAHL, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), MEDLINE
  • Keywords: Citizenship, Nursing education, Nursing students, Organ donation, Religious attitude
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Aim: This study examined the effect of religious attitude and sense of citizenship to organ donation attitudes and organ donation willingness among nursing students. Background: Organ donation is an issue that should be evaluated together with medical, religious, social, economic, cultural, legal and ethical variables. However, there is no research examining the effect of religious attitudes or sense of citizenship on organ donation attitudes and willingness. Design: A descriptive, correlational study. Methods: A total of 225 nursing students participated in the study between February and April 2020. The data were collected with the Ok-Religious Attitude Scale, the Sense of Citizenship Scale, an Organ Donation Questionnaire and the Organ Donation Attitude Scale. Results: A sample of 187 nursing students participated; 50.8% of them were in the stage of thinking about organ donation willingness. Older nursing students (β =.231, p<.001) was positively affected to the positive organ donation attitude, while being male (β = −.151, p=.035) was negatively affected. Male gender (β=0.201, p=.004) was positively affected to the negative organ donation attitude. Acceptance of differences (β=-0.262, p<.001) and relationship with God score (β=-0.189, p=.006) were negatively affected to the negative organ donation attitude. Regarding the participants’ willingness to donate, acceptance of differences (β=.213, p=.004) was found to be a significant predictor. Conclusions: In this study, it was found that being female, relationship with God and acceptance of differences had a positive effect on organ donation attitude. Acceptance of differences was found as important factor in organ donation willingness.