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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 517--522

Nurses' strategies for conscience-based care delivery: A qualitative study


Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Medical Surgical Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran

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Dr. Sima Purteimor
Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia
Iran
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_65_19

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Introduction: Conscience is the core of ethical values. It helps nurses protect patients' rights and provide quality dignified care. Therefore, assessing nurses' strategies for conscience-based care may help facilitate conscience-based care delivery. Aim: This study aimed to explore nurses' strategies for conscience-based care delivery. Methods: This qualitative study was conducted in 2018 on twelve hospital nurses purposively recruited from four teaching hospitals in Urmia, Iran. Data were collected through in-depth interviews and inductively analyzed through conventional content analysis. Ethical Considerations: This study was approved by the Ethics Committee of Urmia University of Medical Sciences. All the participants were informed of the aim of the study and a written consent was obtained from each of them. Participation in the study was entirely voluntary and the participants could withdraw at any stage of the study. Results: Participants' strategies for conscience-based care delivery were grouped into two main themes, namely self-empowerment for clinical role performance and attempt to deliver care beyond the routines. Conclusion: Clinical self-empowerment and attempt to deliver care beyond the routines are nurses' main psychosocial strategies for conscience-based care delivery. Mentorship programs are recommended for the development of nurses' time management and clinical skills and thereby, empower them for conscience-based care delivery. Moreover, continuing education programs and curricular revisions are recommended to strengthen their religious beliefs.






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