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Ethical activity profile of nurse managers

Laukkanen, Laura ; Leino‐Kilpi, Helena ; Suhonen, Riitta

Journal of Nursing Management, May 2016, Vol.24(4), pp.483-491 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Ethical activity profile of nurse managers
  • Author: Laukkanen, Laura ; Leino‐Kilpi, Helena ; Suhonen, Riitta
  • Subjects: Ethical Activity Profile ; Ethical Management Of Nursing ; Ethical Responsibilities ; Nurse Managers
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Nursing Management, May 2016, Vol.24(4), pp.483-491
  • Description: Byline: Laura Laukkanen, Helena Leino-Kilpi, Riitta Suhonen Keywords: ethical activity profile; ethical management of nursing; ethical responsibilities; nurse managers Aim To describe the ethical activity profile of nurse managers (NM). Background Ethical responsibilities require nurse managers to perform certain ethical activities. In this study, these activities are referred to as an ethical activity profile and are divided into five dimensions: (1) developing one's own ethics knowledge, (2) influencing ethical issues, (3) conducting or implementing ethics research, (4) identifying and (5) solving ethical problems. This paper focuses on the first four dimensions. Methods Survey data were collected in 2011 using a questionnaire (mainly open questions) amongst managers at the ward, middle and strategic levels (n = 122). The data were analysed using inductive content analysis and quantification. Results The ethical activity profile of nurse managers was high, referring to the identification of various work-related ethical problems [related to staff (31%), the nurse managers themselves (29%), resources (17%), patients (12%), superiors (7%) and organisations (4%)]. However, developing one's own ethics knowledge, influencing ethical issues and conducting or implementing research dimensions of the ethical activity profile were low. Conclusions There is room to improve the ethical activity profile of nurse managers. Implications for nursing management Organisations have to demand that nurse managers meet all their ethical responsibilities and support this via organisational structures.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0966-0429 ; E-ISSN: 1365-2834 ; DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12348

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