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Ethical conflicts reported by registered nurse/certified diabetes educators: a replication

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Barbara K.Redman Wayne State University College of Nursing, 5557 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202, USA.

Abstract

Ethical conflicts reported by registered nurse/certified diabetes educators: a replication¶ The purpose of this study was to identify types of ethical conflicts reported by certified diabetes educators who are also registered nurses (RN/CDEs) and to examine their relationship with demographic, educational and practice setting variables. This study is a replication of an earlier pilot study. Ethical conflicts expressed by RN/CDEs in active practice in New York and Pennsylvania were analysed according to four themes. Disagreement with medical practice was by far the most dominant clinical context for the conflicts (61%), as it had been in the pilot study (75%). Participants believed that 32% of the ethical conflicts were resolved. Ethics committees and consultants were very rarely used. Of the relationships between the kinds of conflicts and their resolution, and demographic, educational and practice setting variables of the participants, only kind of position was significantly (< 0·005) related to practice context of the ethical conflict.

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