The word dignity is used frequently in nursing and is deemed important to maintain or promote in patients Its meaning, however, remains unclear This paper uses the model of concept analysis described by Chinn and Kramer to further clarify the concept and develop the ideas of Mains A tentative definition and indicators are suggested to ascertain if dignity is present in a given interaction and context Dignity is found to be connected to the shared humanity of patient and nurse, whilst acknowledging the uniqueness of individuals It emerges through the analysis that, in order to effectively promote the dignity of patients, the nurse should also possess dignity