Nurses are confronted daily with ethical issues while providing patient care. Hospital ethical climates can affect nurses’ job satisfaction, organizational commitment, retention, and physician collaboration.Purpose:
At a metropolitan academic medical center, we examined nurses’ perceptions of the ethical climate and relationships among ethical climate factors and nurse characteristics.Design/participants:
We used a descriptive correlational design and nurses (N = 475) completed Olson’s Hospital Ethical Climate Survey. Data were analyzed using STATA.Ethical considerations:
Approvals by the Nursing Research Council and Institutional Review Board were obtained; participants’ rights were protected.Results:
Nurses reported an ethical climate total mean score of 3.22 ± 0.65 that varied across factors; significant differences were found for ethical climate scores by nurses’ age, race, and specialty area.Conclusion:
These findings contribute to what is known about ethical climate and nurses’ characteristics and provides the foundation to develop strategies to improve the ethical climate in work settings.