Author: Cheng, Choi-kuen Karen
Title: Nurses' perceptions of their roles in resolving ethical dilemmas
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1999
Subject: Nursing ethics -- China -- Hong Kong
Nurses -- China -- Hong Kong -- Attitudes
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Department of Nursing and Health Sciences
Pages: 92 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
Abstract: This paper is a qualitative study aiming at exploring how nurses perceive their roles in resolving ethical dilemmas in their daily practice. Twenty in depth individual interviews were conducted with nurses working in an acute hospital setting. The interviews were recorded by means of audiocassettes using Erlen's research instrument. The first phase of the study was done on ten nurses by convenience sampling. The instrument was then revised slightly and used in the second phase of the study with another ten nurses selected by convenience sampling in another hospital. Based on John Dewey's ethical theory and the literature reviews, we looked at the experiences shared by nurses in the acute hospital setting. Findings show that the relationships about personal factors (knowledge, experience and values) and the contextual factors (environmental and organizational support) might influence nurses' perceptions and action in resolving the ethical dilemmas encountered at work. Among the twenty interviews, the data showed interpersonal and interdepartmental conflicts associate with nurses' ethical dilemmas. In considering the results findings, it is therefore necessary for us to consider the present climate to determine the best ways to support nurses in making appropriate ethical decisions in their practical settings.
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