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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date

2001

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Margaret Hegge

Keywords

nursing ethics in South Dakota, nursing decision making

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine what decisions South Dakota nurses make when presented with simulated ethical dilemmas from nursing practice. The study was performed with practicing registered nurses as subjects.
A questionnaire was mailed to 200 registered nurses with a response rate of 43%. The nurses were divided into three groups; associate degree nurses (n=100), baccalaureate (n=50), and masters degree or above (n=50). The questionnaire gathered demographic data and determined an ethical reasoning score with use of the Ethical Behavior Test(EBT). The research design was comparative descriptive with variables of (a) years of experience, (b) gender, (c)work-setting, (d)highest level of education, (e) previous college course in ethics, previous continuing education in ethics, and (g) influence of spiritual values.
The findings showed that the variables gender and having taken a previous college course in ethics were statistically significant in regards to ethical reasoning scores. None of the other variables—years of experience, work-setting, highest level of education, previous continuing education in ethics, or influence or spiritual values—were statistically significant in regards to ethical reasoning scores.

Number of Pages

91

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

Copyright © 2001 Rolf Muldbakken. All rights reserved

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