The Level of Professional Autonomy in Iranian NursesCorrespondence Address :
Mr. Mahboobeh Rasouli,
Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatics, Public Health School, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
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.
Decision making, Patient care, Wards affairs
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 27 ]; 12:LC01-LC04. Available from
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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