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Title: Belgian nurses' views on codes of ethics: development, dissemination, implementation
Authors: Verpeet, Ellen ×
Dierckx de Casterlé, Bernadette
Lemiengre, Joke
Gastmans, Chris #
Issue Date: Sep-2006
Series Title: Nursing ethics vol:13 issue:5 pages:531-45
Abstract: The aim of this study was to explore how Belgian nurses view issues related to the development, dissemination and implementation of a code of ethics for nurses. Fifty nurses took part in eight focus groups. The participants stated that, on the whole, a code of ethics for nurses would be useful. They stressed that a code should be a practical and useful instrument developed by nurses for nurses, and that it should be formulated and presented in a practical way, just as educational courses dealing specifically with codes of ethics require a practical approach to be effective. They emphasized that the development of a code should be an ongoing process, enabling nurses to provide input as they reflect on the ethical issues dealt with in the code and apply the code in their practice. Finally, they stressed the need for support at institutional level for the effective implementation of a code.
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ISSN: 0969-7330
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Interfaculty Centre for Biomedial Ethics and Law
Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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