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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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MONTEIRO, Maria Adelane Alves et al. Ethical dilemmas experienced by nurses presented in nursing publications. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.6, pp.1054-1059. ISSN 1518-8345.

This systematic literature review used nursing studies about "ethics" published in the SCIELO database. The objective was to identify the ethical dilemmas of nursing, based on a literature review of nursing publications between 2002 and 2006. Forty publications were found, of which seventeen were selected. The analysis of the articles permitted the organization of the following categories: ethics, the health system and nursing practice; ethics and nursing teaching-learning; ethics and nursing care. We noticed that the authors attributed a multidimensional approach to ethical issues. However, we considered it necessary to pay closer attention to the ethical aspects involved in nursing practice. There is a clear need for further studies, showing new ethical dilemmas experienced by nurses, so that they can contribute to a change in attitude, with outcomes for professional practice.

Keywords : ethics; nursing; ethics, nursing.

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