Ethical conflicts with hospitals: The perspective of nurses and physicians

School of Nursing,Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
Nursing Ethics (Impact Factor: 1.25). 11/2011; 18(6):756-66. DOI: 10.1177/0969733011401121
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Nurses and physicians may experience ethical conflict when there is a difference between their own values, their professional values or the values of their organization. The distribution of limited health care resources can be a major source of ethical conflict. Relatively few studies have examined nurses' and physicians' ethical conflict with organizations. This study examined the research question 'What are the organizational ethical conflicts that hospital nurses and physicians experience in their practice?' We interviewed 34 registered nurses, 10 nurse managers, and 31 physicians as part of a larger study, and asked them to describe their ethical conflicts with organizations. Through content analysis, we identified themes of nurses' and physicians' ethical conflict with organizations and compared the themes for nurses with those for physicians.

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