Factors Affecting Professional Integrity in Nurses: A Qualitative Content Analysis

Authors

  • Ali Asghar Jesmi
  • Khadijeh Yazdi
  • Zahra Sabzi
  • Hadi Ahmadi Chenari
  • Abdolmotalleb Hasani

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i4.16776

Keywords:

Nurse, Integrity, Spirituality, Qualitative research

Abstract

Background: Integrity is one of the professional values mentioned in the ethical codes of the Professional
Nursing Association. It is defined as a commitment to the five fundamental values of integrity, trust, equality,
respect, and accountability. This study aims to explore factors affecting professional integrity in nurses.
Methods: A descriptive content analysis was carried out by 17 interviews with Iranian nurses who were
chosen through purposive sampling. The data collection instruments were semi-structured interviews
and observation. The interviews were recorded and transcribed word by word; then, they were coded and
analyzed by Graneheim and Lundman qualitative content analysis method. For the trustworthiness of the
study, Guba and Lincoln’s criteria were used.
Result: After analysis, the latent meanings formulated into one theme,” keeping up confident beliefs,” which
consists of “religious beliefs,” “inner call,” “philanthropic sense,” “empathetic care” and “divine rewards”
categories.
Conclusion: Many factors are heading to internalizing professional integrity in nurses in Iran. Authorities,
managers, and faculty members should pay special attention to the internalization of professional integrity
and ethical values, such as altruism, conscience, empathy, and the presence of God in life to decrease the
mistakes and promote quality of care.

Author Biographies

Ali Asghar Jesmi

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Sabzevar University of Medical Sciences, Sabzevar, Iran

Khadijeh Yazdi

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran,

Zahra Sabzi

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran

Hadi Ahmadi Chenari

Assistant Professor, Ferdows School of Paramedical and Health, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand,
Iran,

Abdolmotalleb Hasani

Ph.D. Candidate of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Golestan University of Medical Sciences,
Gorgan, Iran

Published

2021-08-16

How to Cite

Ali Asghar Jesmi, Khadijeh Yazdi, Zahra Sabzi, Hadi Ahmadi Chenari, & Abdolmotalleb Hasani. (2021). Factors Affecting Professional Integrity in Nurses: A Qualitative Content Analysis. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(4), 633-641. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i4.16776