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Year : 2018 | Month : May | Volume : 12 | Issue : 5 | Page : LC01 - LC04

The Level of Professional Autonomy in Iranian Nurses

Masoumeh Shohani, Mahboobeh Rasouli, Ali Sahebi

1. Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences, Ilam University of Medical Sciences, Ilam, Iran. 2. Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatics, Public Health School, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. 3. Ph.D Student, Critical Care Nursing, Shahid Mostafa Khomeini Hospital, Ilam University of Medical sciences, Ilam, Iran.

Correspondence Address :
Mr. Mahboobeh Rasouli,
Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatics, Public Health School, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
E-mail: rasouli2007@yahoo.com

Abstract

Introduction: Professional autonomy plays an important role in nursesí job satisfaction and the outcomes of patient care. A review of literature shows the presence of nursesí dissatisfaction in regard to their professional autonomy.

Aim: To assess the Iranian nursesí perspectives of their professional autonomy.

Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study 150 nurses with bachelor or higher academic degrees and clinical experiences participated. The professional autonomy questionnaire by Blegen MA, composed of the domains of decision-making for wardís affairs and decision-making for patient care, were used for data collection. The data was collected from November 2015 to April 2016 and analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics.

Results: The mean (SD) of professional autonomy was 152.06 (28.181). Also, the means of professional autonomy in the domains of decision-making for wardís affairs and decision-making for patient care were 71.91 (17.687) and 80.15 (13.088), respectively. The majority of the nurses (66.7%) stated that they had high levels of professional autonomy. There were statistically significance relationships between the nursesí age, work experience and educational level and nursesí professional autonomy (p<0.05).

Conclusion: The nurses had high levels of professional autonomy. Also, the nursesí autonomy in decision-making for patient care was greater compared with decision-making in wardís affairs. Nurseís managers need to consider our findings for improving the condition of nursesí autonomy in healthcare settings.

Keywords

Decision making, Patient care, Wards affairs

How to cite this article :

Masoumeh Shohani, Mahboobeh Rasouli, Ali Sahebi. THE LEVEL OF PROFESSIONAL AUTONOMY IN IRANIAN NURSES. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2018 May [cited: 2018 May 25 ]; 12:LC01-LC04. Available from
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DOI and Others

DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2018/31249.11465

Date of Submission: Jun 30, 2017
Date of Peer Review: Oct 13, 2017
Date of Acceptance: Feb 02, 2018
Date of Publishing: May 01, 2018

FINANCIAL OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: As declared above.

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