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Lee, Byeon, and Kang: Nurses' Knowledge of Law, Law Consciousness, and Will to Practice



The aim of this study was to evaluate nurses' knowledge of the law, consciousness, and will to practice and the relationships among factors affecting the will to practice.


A cross-sectional survey was conducted and data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, independent t-test, ANOVA, Pearson correlation coefficients and multiple regression.


Most respondents were women (93.9%) and 75.6% of them had received basic education on law. The average score on knowledge of the law was 11.83±3.07 for general law and 10.42±3.32 for nursing law. The average score on consciousness of law and will to practice was 2.50±0.31 and 4.32±0.58, respectively. Differences were observed in knowledge of the law in terms of having taken a refresher course(F=5.87, p=.003); in consciousness of the law in terms of knowledge of the law (F=6.61, p<.002); and in will to practice according to age (F=7.30, p=.007) and educational level (F=13.08, p<.001). Factors influencing will to practice included behavioral and cognitive consciousness, general knowledge of law, and education. These factors explained 24% of the variance.


Nurses knowledge and consciousness regarding law was relatively lower than their will to practice. Systematic law education for nurses and repetitive research are recommended to prevent nursing malpractice.

Figures and Tables

Table 1

Participants' General Characteristics (N=295)


*Multiple responses.

Table 2

Nurses' Knowledge of General and Nursing Law, Consciousness, and Will to Practice (N=295)

Table 3

Differences of Knowledge, Consciousness, and Will to Practice law according to Participants' Characteristics (N=295)

Table 4

Relationship among Nurses' Knowledge of General and Nursing, Law Consciousness, and Will to Practice (N=295)


X1=Knowledge of general law; X2=Knowledge of nursing law; X3=Law consciousness; X4=Cognitive consciousness; X5=Affective consciousness; X6=Behavioral consciousness; X7=Will to practice.

Table 5

Factors Influencing Will to Practice (N=295)



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