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Intensive care: situations of ethical difficulty.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5994-4012
1993 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, E-ISSN 1365-2648, Vol. 18, no 12, 2008-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Twenty enrolled nurses (ENs), 20 registered nurses (RNs) and 20 physicians working in intensive care in northern Sweden narrated 255 stories about their experience of being in ethically difficult care situations. The ENs' stories mainly concerned problems relating to relationship ethics, the stories narrated by the physicians mainly concerned problems relating to action ethics, while the RNs' stories gave equal attention to both kinds of problems. The most common theme of both the RNs' and the physicians' stories was that of too much treatment. An obvious similarity between the ENs, RNs and physicians was that they saw themselves as equally lacking in influence in ethically difficult care situations. The only apparent difference between the three groups, however, was that the ENs brought up relationship problems more often than the others. Thus, the differences between the RNs and the physicians were fewer than usually reported in the literature. This might be related to the specialization of intensive care.

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1993. Vol. 18, no 12, 2008-14 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-29946PubMedID: 8132934OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-29946DiVA: diva2:278633
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