What actions promote a positive ethical climate? A critical incident study of nurses’ perceptions
2012 (English)In: Nursing Ethics, ISSN 0969-7330, E-ISSN 1477-0989, Vol. 19, no 4, 501-512 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
There is a lack of qualitative studies exploring the phenomenon of positive ethical climate and what is perceived as promoting it. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore and describe actions that acute care ward nurses perceive as promoting a positive ethical climate. The critical incident technique was used. Interviews were conducted with 20 nurses at wards where the ethical climate was considered positive, according to a previous study. Meeting the needs of patients and next of kin in a considerate way, as well as receiving and giving support and information within the work group, promoted a positive ethical climate. Likewise, working as a team with a standard for behaviour within the work group promoted a positive ethical climate. Future research needs to investigate other conditions that might also promote a positive ethical climate.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 19, no 4, 501-512 p.
ethical climate, nurses, interviews, critical incident technique
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-16265DOI: 10.1177/0969733011436204OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-16265DiVA: diva2:446881