Date of Award
College of Nursing
The purpose of this descriptive correlational study was to empirically examine the extent of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse participation in the ethical decision making process. The study also examined the relationship of nurse participation and satisfaction in ethical decision making to age, years of experience, level of education, and religious participation. This study attempted to describe what NICU nurses believe their role should be in the ethical decision making process. Koblberg’s theory of moral development was the theoretical framework. Data were obtained through the use of a survey mailed to Registered Nurses employed in a level III NICU. The study found that 63.3% of the responding subjects believe they should be more involved in ethical decisions. Eighty-five percent have experienced conflict in their efforts in ethical decision making. Years of experience is the only nurse characteristic with a positive relationship to participation and satisfaction in ethical decision making.
Philpott, Dennis W., "Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses' Perceptions of Participation in Ethical Decision Making in the Care of Imperiled Newborns" (2000). Masters Theses. 505.