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Joolaee S, Jalili H, Rafiee F, Haggani H. The relationship between nurses’ perception of moral distress and ethical environment in Tehran University of Medical Sciences. ijme. 2011; 4 (4) :56-66
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Nurses have to cope with various forms of tension in the workplace on a daily basis. One of the factors affecting the moral distress experienced by nurses is the ethical climate prevalent in clinical environments. The present study aimed to establish the relationship between moral distress and nurses’ ethical work environment. This was a cross-sectional, correlational study on 210 nurses in select departments of medical/educational centers of the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2009. Data collection tools included a demographic questionnaire, Corley’s Moral Distress Scale, and Olson's Ethical Climate Questionnaire. Data analysis was performed using SPSS version 14. Findings confirmed that the nurses under study were tolerating an average amount of moral distress, although they did not perceive the frequency of morally stressful situations to be particularly high. There was no significant relationship between the moral distress of the nurses under study and their evaluation of the ethical climate of their workplace. Of the five factors affecting the ethical climate, there was a meaningful indirect relationship between managers and frequency of moral distress (P ≤ 0.04), and patients and frequency and intensity of moral distress (P = 0.001). The results obtained through this research indicated a need for authorities to pay more attention to medical/educational centers and devise various strategies in order to make work environments more ethical, so that nurses can continue to offer health care services in more relaxed environments and with less stress.
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Published: 2013/08/13

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