Nurse moral disengagement

Fida, Roberta ORCID:, Tramontano, Carlo, Paciello, Marinella, Kangasniemi, Mari, Sili, Alessandro, Bobbio, Andrea and Barbaranelli, Claudio (2016) Nurse moral disengagement. Nursing Ethics, 23 (5). pp. 547-564. ISSN 0969-7330

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Background: Ethics is a founding component of the nursing profession; however, nurses sometimes find it difficult to constantly adhere to the required ethical standards. There is limited knowledge about the factors that cause a committed nurse to violate standards; moral disengagement, originally developed by Bandura, is an essential variable to consider. Research objectives: This study aimed at developing and validating a nursing moral disengagement scale and investigated how moral disengagement is associated with counterproductive and citizenship behaviour at work. Research design: The research comprised a qualitative study and a quantitative study, combining a crossvalidation approach and a structural equation model. Participants and research context: A total of 60 Italian nurses (63% female) involved in clinical work and enrolled as students in a postgraduate master’s programme took part in the qualitative study. In 2012, the researchers recruited 434 nurses (76% female) from different Italian hospitals using a convenience sampling method to take part in the quantitative study. Ethical considerations: All the organisations involved and the university gave ethical approval; all respondents participated on a voluntary basis and did not receive any form of compensation. Findings: The nursing moral disengagement scale comprised a total of 22 items. Results attested the mono-dimensionality of the scale and its good psychometric properties. In addition, results highlighted a significant association between moral disengagement and both counterproductive and citizenship behaviours.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: citizenship behaviour,counterproductive work behaviour,moral disengagement,stress,validation
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2015 16:00
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 01:12
DOI: 10.1177/0969733015574924


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