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Surgical nurses' perceptions of ethical dilemmas, moral distress and quality of care.
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PMID:  22141379     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
dekeyser ganz f. & berkovitz k. (2011) Surgical nurses' perceptions of ethical dilemmas, moral distress and quality of care. Journal of Advanced Nursing00(0), 000-000. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05897.x ABSTRACT: Aim.  To describe surgical nurses' perceived levels of ethical dilemmas, moral distress and perceived quality of care and the associations among them. Background.  Nurses are committed to providing quality care. They can experience ethical dilemmas and moral distress while providing patient care. Little research has focused on the effect of moral distress or ethical dilemmas on perceived quality of care. Design.  Descriptive, cross-sectional study. Method.  After administration and institutional Research Ethics Committee approval, a researcher requested 119 surgical nurses working in two Israeli hospitals to fill out three questionnaires (personal background characteristics; Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing and Quality of Nursing Care). Data collection took place from August 2007 to January 2008. Results.  Participant mean age was 39·7 years. The sample consisted mostly of women, Jewish and married staff nurses. The majority of nurses reported low to moderate levels of ethical dilemma frequency but intermediate levels of ethical dilemma intensity. Frequency of ethical dilemmas was negatively correlated with level of nursing skill, meeting patient's needs and total quality of care. No important correlations were found between intensity of ethical dilemmas and quality of care. Conclusions.  Levels of ethical dilemma frequency were higher than intensity. Nurses tended to be satisfied with their level of quality of care. Increased frequency of ethical dilemmas was associated with some aspects of perceived quality of care. Relevance to clinical practice.  Quality of care is related to ethical dilemmas and moral distress among surgical nurses. Therefore, efforts should be made to decrease the frequency of these feelings to improve the quality of patient care.
Freda Dekeyser Ganz; Keren Berkovitz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-12-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of advanced nursing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2648     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-6     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609811     Medline TA:  J Adv Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Freda DeKeyser Ganz PhD RN Head Masters Program School of Nursing, Hadassah Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel Keren Berkovitz MA RN Staff Nurse Sharon Hospital, Petach Tikva, Israel.
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