Aim: This study was conducted to determine the care behavior perceptions of Turkish and foreign students who were continuing their education in Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as well as the influencing factors and if there was a difference between their care behavior perceptions.
Method: The sample of the descriptive and correlational study was composed of the nursing students of a Foundation University in Istanbul and a university in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). 651 students who agreed to participate in the study were included in the study. The data were collected with Student Information Form and Care Behaviors Inventory-24 (CBI-24). Frequency, mean, standard deviation, Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, Shapiro Wilk-W test, Mann-Whitney U test, and Kruskal-Wallis test were used to analyze the data.
Results: It was determined that the mean age of the students was 21,30±2,92. CBI-24 mean scores of the students were 5,22±0,70. CBI-24 mean score of the students who were willing chose the nursing profession, stated that caregiving is the main task of the nurse, and had the experience of giving and receiving the care was found to be higher (p<0.05).
Conclusion: It was determined that the care behaviors perceptions of the students were in a good level and the care behaviors perceptions of the students were affected by the factors like gender, grade, nationality, preferring the profession willingly, feeling sufficient about understanding patients and choosing the nursing profession again if they had another chance. In line with these results, it is recommended to ensure that students willingly prefer the profession and to carry out practices to ensure the continuity of positive care behaviors of students during the nursing education.