Research on professional values in radiologic technologists’ is practically nonexistent. Though learning professional values is important, professional values have not been identified and articulated by the radiologic technology profession. The purpose of this study was to determine radiologic technologists’ perception of professional values and determine if radiologic technologists feel it is important to articulate professional values. No original research study evaluating the perception of professional values of practicing radiologic technologists was identified. The purposeful, convenience sample of 716 American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) members represented a cross sectional view of radiologic technologists. The Radiologic Technologists’ Perceptions of Professional Values Scale (RTPPVS), adapted from the Professionalism in Physical Therapy Core Values Self-Assessment developed by the American Physical Therapy Association, was used to collect quantitative data regarding the importance of professional values from a radiologic technologists’ perspective. Results indicate that professional values are important to radiologic technologists.
The RTPPVS revealed that radiologic technologists perceive the seven professional values, accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, excellence, integrity, professional duty, social responsibility, as important. Overall, altruism indicators were chosen as the most important professional value and social responsibility was chosen as the least important professional value. A sample of American Society of Radiologic Technologists members perceive it is important for the profession to explicitly articulate professional values.
This research did not demonstrate a statistically significant difference among the demographic characteristics. There were no differences in perceived importance of professional values based on gender, age, state of residency, education level, years of experience, or job title. Implications for practice indicate a need for the profession to adopt and articulate professional values.
|Advisor:||Dolecheck, Jessica D.|
|Commitee:||Aaron, Laura, Tommerdahl, Annette, Vaux, Nicole|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Monroe|
|Department:||Curriculum and Instruction|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Professional values, Professional values instrument, Professionalism, Radiologic technologist|
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