Strengthening ethical decision-making: the experience of Iranian nurses
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Strengthening ethical decision-making: the experience of Iranian nurses

Fatemeh Esmaelzadeh Doctoral student and clinical instructor, Nursing Research Center, Razi Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
Abbas Abbaszadeh Professor of nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Medical Ethics and Law Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Fariba Borhani Associate professor of nursing, Medical Ethics and Law Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Hamid Peyrovi Professor of nursing, Nursing Care Research Center, Department of Critical Care Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Aims Ethical decision-making is a complex process that nurses perform daily. The aim of this study is to explain how ethical leaders in Iran strengthen ethical decision-making in their nursing teams.

Method Data were collected using deep and semi-structured interviews with 20 Iranian nurses in 2015. Analysis was based on constant comparative analysis.

Results Ethical leaders strengthen ethical decision-making by promoting ethical commitment, developing an ethical atmosphere and guiding ethical decision-making.

Conclusion The development of ethical decision-making in nursing can improve ethics-based nursing care.

Correspondence faribaborhani@msn.com

Nursing Management. 24, 6,33-39. doi: 10.7748/nm.2017.e1610

Received on 05 January 2017

Accepted on 10 July 2017

Published in print on 28 September 2017

Conflict Of Interest

None declared

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