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Moral sensitivity and person-centred care among mental health nurses in South Korea: A cross-sectional study

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Jang, Sun Joo; Kim, Eun Hye; Lee, Haeyoung

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Blackwell Publishing Inc.
Journal of Nursing Management, Vol.30 No.7, pp.2227-2235
Aim To identify the predictors of mental health nurses' person-centred care, including moral sensitivity. Background Person-centred care meets patients' ethical needs by protecting their autonomy and dignity and respecting their choices; it is essential to enhance patient outcomes. Therefore, it is important to identify the predictors of the practice of advocating patients' rights and dignity and providing person-centred care among mental health nurses to foster competency and ensure the highest quality of care. Methods This cross-sectional study included 220 mental health nurses in South Korea. It measured their general and work-related characteristics, moral sensitivity, and person-centred care. Multiple regression analysis was conducted to identify the person-centred care predictors. Results The most potent person-centred care predictor was moral sensitivity (beta = .35, p < .001). Other predictors included prior biomedical ethics education (beta = .15, p = .013) and marital status (beta = .14, p = .025). The regression model had 28.0% explanatory power. Conclusions Mental health nurses' moral sensitivity must be increased to improve their person-centred care. Implications for Nursing Management Nurses should receive continuous education to remain aware of and maintain a high level of moral sensitivity and be encouraged to continue the person-centred practice. Organizational and policy support is needed to promote the practice of person-centred care in the workplace.
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Research Area Analytical Psychology, Workplace Bullying, 분석심리학, 정신간호중재, 직장내괴롭힘


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