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A Cross-cultural comparison of nurses' ethical concerns
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences. (vårdvetenskap)
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2008 (English)In: Nursing Ethics, ISSN 0969-7330, E-ISSN 1477-0989, Vol. 15, no 6, 745-760 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to compare Swedish and Chinese nurses' experiences of ethical dilemmas and workplace distress in order to deepen understanding of the challenges neuroscience nurses encounter in different cultures. Qualitative interviews from two previously performed empirical studies in Sweden and China were the basis of this comparative study. Four common content areas were identified in both studies: ethical dilemmas, workplace distress, quality of nursing and managing distress. The themes formulated within each content area were compared and synthesized into novel constellations by means of aggregated concept analysis. Despite wide differences in the two health care systems, the nurse participants had similiar experiences with regard to work stress and a demanding work situation. They were struggling with similiar ethical dilemmas, which concerared seriously ill patients and the possibilities of providing good care. This indicates the importance of providing nurses with the tools to influence their own work situation and thereby reducing their work-related stress.

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2008. Vol. 15, no 6, 745-760 p.
Keyword [en]
cross-cultural comparison, ethical dilemmas, nursing ethichs, quality of nursing, workplace distress
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Caring Sciences in Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-87103DOI: 10.1177/0969733008095385ISI: 000259956800005PubMedID: 18849365OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-87103DiVA: diva2:128420
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