ETHICAL UNIT EVALUATION AND ETHICAL DEFENSE STATUS OF NURSES WORKING IN ADANA CITY HOSPITAL
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Serap Torun, Deniz Ölmez, Osman Bilgin, Merve Sinem Kart
ethics, ethical decision, nurses, medical ethics
Aim: This research was carried out with an aim to analyze the ethical decision-making levels of nurses and the effect of taking/not taking ethics course on their ethical decision-making levels. Method and Material: The research is descriptive and consists of 300 nurses, who accepted participating in the research working in Adana City Training and Research Hospital in 2018. The data were collected using a data collection form including the demographic characteristics of the nurses and Nursing Ethical Dilemma Test (NEDT). Descriptive statistical analyses were used for the evaluation of the data. Findings: The average age of the participants is 34± 6,995 (min:23, max:51). 98% of the participants are female while 2% of them male. 78.7% of the nurses participating in the research specified that they took the medical ethics course during their education period while 21.3% of them did not. It was detected that the nursing principled thinking (NP) mean score of the participants was 38.81 ± 6.312 (min:23, max:59) while the practical consideration (PC) mean score was 22.25 ± 3.986 (min:15, max:33). The familiarity scores of the nurses regarding similar situations were calculated as 15.42 ± 3.193 (min:11, max:24). Result: It is possible to state that the medical ethics courses given in the nursing education affect their ethical decision-making levels; the professional education facilitates ethical decision-making and creates familiarity with the ethical problems.