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Neonatal nurses' attitudes, beliefs, and feelings toward the care and management of fetal-infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3193266     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Neonatal intensive care nurses must handle on a regular basis the complex dilemmas that accompany the rapid advances in knowledge and technology that have enabled the survival of fetal-infants. Little literature addresses the attitudes and feelings of neonatal nurses regarding the moral, ethical, legal, economic, and social issues surrounding fetal-infants. The purpose of this investigation, therefore, was to examine the attitudes, beliefs, and feelings held by neonatal nurses towards these issues as they relate to the care and management of fetal-infants. The research design of this study was a nonexperimental approach. The sample was drawn from a roster of subscribers to a neonatal nursing journal. The tool that was used in this study is an attitudinal assessment questionnaire developed by the investigator. Data obtained were described and synthesized by use of measures of central tendency, variability, frequency, and the chi square statistic. Comments to the questionnaire almost overwhelmingly referred to the participants' difficulty in responding as the issues were felt to be dependent on the particular fetal-infant, family, and circumstances involved. Respondents strongly supported the need for situational ethics in cases involving fetal-infants.
D A Richey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0743-8346     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinatol     Publication Date:  1988  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-01-10     Completed Date:  1989-01-10     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501884     Medline TA:  J Perinatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  145-53     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Costs and Cost Analysis
Critical Care* / economics
Decision Making
Emotions / physiology*
Ethics Committees, Clinical
Ethics, Medical*
Government Regulation
Infant, Low Birth Weight*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature, Diseases / therapy*
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
Middle Aged
Nurses / psychology*
Parents / psychology
Patient Selection*
Physician's Role
Resource Allocation*
Right to Die
Self Assessment (Psychology)
Social Justice
Statistics as Topic
Value of Life*
Withholding Treatment

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