Status of Respect for Dignity of Hospitalized Patients from Nurses’ Perspectives: A Descriptive, Cross-Sectional Study in 2018

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Compliance with professional ethics is an integral part of the nursing profession and patient care. Nursing ethics codes are a guide for nurses to increase the quality of their ethical responsibilities. On the other hand, spiritual intelligence is an important factor in the efficiency and success of therapeutic team. The purpose of this study was to determine the correlation between spiritual intelligence and professional ethics codes by nurses.

Methods and Materials

  In this descriptive correlational study, 164 nurses working in Shahid Sadoughi Hospital in Yazd were randomly assigned through stratified random sampling. The data were collected using the Professional Ethics and Spiritual Intelligence Questionnaires. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics (mean, standard deviation), and non-inferential statistics (Pearson correlation coefficient, independent t-test and ANOVA).


The overall score of spiritual intelligence was 70.86 ± 12.01 at the desirable level, and the overall score of the ethical codes was 10.64 ± 84.90 at the average level. The prioritization of professional ethics codes was as follows: commitment to justice 89.8 ± 12.81, respect for colleagues 13.55 ± 89.06 and commitment to preserving nursing dignity was 88.08 ± 15.29. Also, there was a significant correlation between spiritual intelligence and professional ethics codes (P = 0.001).


Given the significant relationship between spiritual intelligence and observance of professional ethics codes, it can be concluded that strengthening religious beliefs of nurses and holding workshops in the field of spirituality can strengthen spiritual intelligence and adherence to professional ethics codes.

Education & Ethics In Nursing, Volume:8 Issue: 1, 2019
38 to 44  
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