Catlett, S., & Lovan, S. (2011). Being a good nurse and doing the right thing: a replication study.
Nursing Ethics, 18(1), 54-63. doi: 10.1177/0969733010386162
The authors of this article were one Shelia Catlett of Western Kentucky University and Fairview Community Clinic, USA and one Sherry R Lovan also from Western Kentucky University, USA. Both authors conducted a qualitative research study, which was also a replication of a study published in 2002, investigating the qualities of a good nurse and the role ethics plays in decision making. Ethics refers to the moral code for nursing and is based on obligation to service and respect for human life. Ethical Knowledge occurs as moral dilemmas arise in situations of ambiguity and uncertainty, and when consequences are difficult to predict (McEwen Wills, 2011). Ethics in nursing is used to guide and direct nurses conduct and practices. It requires experiential of social values and ethical reasoning. Its main focus is on matters of obligation, what ought to be done, what is right, wrong and responsible.
The study implemented modification related to the research questions, sample selection, data collection and Atlas.ti software for qualitative data for the purpose of providing ease of coding, viewing, mapping and storing the data for retrieval analysis. The main focus of this replication study was to understand what it means to be a good nurse and do the right thing. This research provided current and allied literature to the relationship between ethics and good nursing practice. They study was carried out in a mid- size University in Kentucky, USA. They had prior approval and all personal information was coded and stored as outlined in the request for approval.
The people involved in the study were recruited from various areas of practice at three (3) hospitals. They were...