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Ethical decision-making in occupational settings.
School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1991 Jan; :1-102
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.
NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-health-nursing; Health-care-personnel; Coping-behavior; Attitude
None University of North Carolina Carrington Hall 214H Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Final Grant Report
NTIS Accession No.
Other Occupational Concerns; Grants-other
School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division