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Registered and enrolled nurses : experiences of ethical issues in nursing practice

Johnstone, Megan-Jane, Da Costa, Cliff and Turale, Sue 2004, Registered and enrolled nurses : experiences of ethical issues in nursing practice, Australian journal of advanced nursing, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 31-37.

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Title Registered and enrolled nurses : experiences of ethical issues in nursing practice
Author(s) Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Da Costa, Cliff
Turale, Sue
Journal name Australian journal of advanced nursing
Volume number 22
Issue number 1
Start page 31
End page 37
Total pages 7
Publisher Australian Nursing Federation
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2004
ISSN 0813-0531
1447-4328
Summary Research aims:
To explore and describe registered and enrolled nurses’ experiences of ethics and human rights issues in nursing practice in the Australian State of Victoria.

Method:
Descriptive survey of 398 Victorian nurses using the Ethical Issues Scale (EIS) survey questionnaire.

Major findings:
The most frequent and most disturbing ethical issues reported by the nurses surveyed included: protecting patients’ rights and human dignity, providing care with possible risk to their own health, informed consent, staffing patterns that limited patient access to nursing care, the use of physical/chemical restraints, prolonging the dying process with inappropriate measures, working with unethical/impaired colleagues, caring for patients/families who are misinformed, not considering a patient’s quality of life, poor working conditions.

Conclusions:
Nurses in Victoria frequently experience disturbing ethical issues in nursing practice that warrant focussed attention by health service managers, educators and policy makers.
Language eng
Field of Research 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30025953

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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