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Workplace distress and ethical dilemmas in neuroscience nursing:  
Hälsohögskolan, Jönköping.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences. (Emergency and Rehabilitation Division, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden)
Hälsohögskolan, Jönköping.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, ISSN 0888-0395, Vol. 40, no 4, 222-231 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study concerns Swedish nurses' experiences of workplace stress and the occurrence of ethical dilemmas in a neurological setting. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 21 nurses. The interview results were subjected to qualitative latent content analysis and sorted into 4 content areas: workplace distress, ethical dilemmas, managing distress and ethical dilemmas, and quality of nursing. Common workplace stressors were high workload and lack of influence. These were perceived to have negative consequences for the quality of nursing. Ethical dilemmas mainly concerned decision making on initiation or withdrawal of treatment, which was experienced as a troublesome situation where conflicts could arise. The nurses managed the distress and ethical dilemmas by accepting and adjusting to the situation and seeking support from colleagues. They also endeavored to gain new strength in their private lives.

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2008. Vol. 40, no 4, 222-231 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Caring Sciences in Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-87102ISI: 000271577200006PubMedID: 18727338OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-87102DiVA: diva2:128421
Available from: 2008-12-17 Created: 2008-12-16 Last updated: 2012-10-08Bibliographically approved

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