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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (S1)
Field of Science: Edukologija / Education (S007)
Author(s): Žydžiūnaitė, Vilma;Lepaitė, Daiva;Åstedt-Kurki, Päivi;Suominen, Tarja
Title: Head nurses’ decision-making when managing ethical dilemmas
Is part of: Baltic journal of management. Oxford : Emerald Group Publishing, 2015, Vol. 10, iss. 2
Extent: p. 166-187
Date: 2015
Keywords: Health services;Lithuania;Ethical dilemma;Head nurse
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to characterize issues related to head nurses’ decision making when managing ethical dilemmas. Design/methodology/approach – The study is qualitative descriptive, in which researchers stay close to the data. The data were collected in the format of unstructured written reflections. Inductive conventional latent qualitative content analysis was applied to the data. Findings – The issues of head nurses’ management of decision making in ethical dilemmas relate to the following aspects: taking risks in deviating from the formalities, balancing power and humaneness, maintaining the professional hierarchy, managing resistance to change, managing with limited options, and experiencing the decline of nurse’s professional and/or human dignity. Research limitations/implications – Reflections in written form were preferred to semi-structured interviews and the researchers were unable to contact the participants directly and to ask additional questions. All the reflections were produced in a language other than English. Practical implications – The issues of head nurses’ management of decision making in ethical dilemmas reveal the gap between societal expectations and the opportunities to improve nursing leadership in health care organizations. Social implications – The issues of head nurses’ decision making when managing ethical dilemmas are related to contexts that reflect the attitudes of society and health care system toward nursing management. Originality/value – The study adds to the understanding of issues of the management of decision making in ethical dilemmas.[...]
Affiliation(s): Edukologijos tyrimų institutas
Vilniaus universitetas
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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