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Ethical decision-making in occupational settings.

Authors
Rogers-B
Source
School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1991 Jan; :1-102
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00202722
Abstract
A study was conducted to identify and develop an inventory of recurrent ethical dilemmas experienced by occupational health nurses, to develop and administer an instrument to measure occupational health nurse actions responsive to each dilemma, and to determine if specific variables were associated with nurse responses to dilemmas. The goal of this research was to identify nursing actions beneficial to workers in helping to resolve ethical dilemmas in occupational health. Ethical principles which guide decision making include autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence and justice. Issues of autonomy include the right to know and informed consent. Several ethical problems faced by occupational nurses were identified as recurrent problems in this research including substance abuse by superiors or medical screening without informing the person screened of the reasons for this test. The author concludes that knowledge, understanding and application of ethical principles is essential to guide effective decision making.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-health-nursing; Health-care-personnel; Coping-behavior; Attitude
Contact
None University of North Carolina Carrington Hall 214H Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Publication Date
19910101
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
97161
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-133305
NTIS Price
A07
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-00072
NIOSH Division
OEP
Priority Area
Other Occupational Concerns; Grants-other
Source Name
School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
State
NC
Performing Organization
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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