This descriptive study was undertaken to evaluate the opinions of the nursing students about the nursing profession and their occupational professionalism. 92 students who were present at the school during the data collection period and accepted to participate in the study were included in the study. The data of the study were gathered using "Personal Information Form" and "The Nurses' Professional Values Scale (NPVS)". It was found out that 76.1% of them were female students, 65.2% chose the profession willingly, 57.6% liked the profession, 42.2% wanted to work in a field about nursing, 60.9% told that the education given at the school affected their opinions about the profession negatively and 71.7% expressed that the nursing school partly prepared them for the work-life. Mean total NPVS score of the students (N=92) was 172.46 +/- 28.47. It is recommended that measures that will increase professional values of the nurses should be taken during undergraduate education. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.