Ethical Decision-Making by Staff Nurses
Smith, Katherine Vogel
Nursing Ethics. 1996 Mar; 3(1): 17-25.
Ethical decision-making is inherent in nursing practice. Although a definite portion of the nursing literature is devoted to ethics and ethical decision-making, the profession is just beginning to ground its ethics research in the actual experience of nurses. Therefore, the purpose of this phenomenological study was to examine the experience of staff nurses as they engage in ethical decision-making. Interview data were collected from 19 staff nurses in a large, midwestern American metropolitan hospital. Interviews were subsequently transcribed and Giorgi's method of data analysis applied. The emerging description revealed four common aspects of ethical decision-making among staff nurses: context, trigger, ethical decision-making process (i.e. deliberation and integration), and outcomes. This description provides a foundation for future research regarding a descriptive theory of ethical decision-making in nursing.
Attitudes; Bioethical Issues; Caring; Clinical Ethics; Communication; Competence; Conscience; Decision Making; Empirical Research; Ethics; Family Relationship; Hospitals; Interprofessional Relations; Interviews; Justice; Literature; Moral Development; Nurses; Nursing Ethics; Nursing Research; Professional Competence; Professional Family Relationship; Qualitative Research; Research; Survey;
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