2010, Cilt 17, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 047-067
A Study of Validity and Reliability of Nursing Dilemma Test and Nurses' Level of Ethical Decision-Making
Yard. Doç. Dr. Birgül CERİT
Abant İzzet Baysal Üniversitesi, Bolu Sağlık Yüksekokulu, Hemşirelik Bölümü, Hemşirelik Esasları Anabilimdalı, Bolu, Türkiye
Keywords: Nursing ethic, ethical decision making, nursing dilemma test, validity, reliability

Objectives: The aim of this study was to adapt in Turkish version a Nursing Dilemma Test and determine the nurses' level of ethical decision making.

Methods: The data of this study were obtained from 50 nurses. The Nursing Dilemma Test, which was developed by Crisham was used as an instrument for data collection. Data were analysed using Pearson correlations and descriptive statistics.

Results: Cronbach's α coefficient was .59 for the nursing principled thinking and .50 for practical considerations. The nursing principled thinking mean score of nurses was above average (52.72 ± 6.57), while the practical consideration mean score was nearly at the level of average (17.54 ± 4.13). Most of the nurses (74%) were familiar to ethical dilemmas in nursing practice.

Conclusion: Although the reliability of ‘The Nursing Dilemma Test' was found to be very low, it can be used as a tool to measure the level of nurses' ethical decision making in Turkey after an evaluation of its psychometric properties.