A concept analysis of autonomy.

  title={A concept analysis of autonomy.},
  author={Kathryn A Ballou},
  journal={Journal of professional nursing : official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing},
  volume={14 2},
The nursing profession places a high value on the acquisition of autonomy as a requisite for professional status. Although the literature is replete with studies that examine autonomy and nurses, methods and results often are inconsistent and inconclusive. Review of the literature reveals ambiguous or absent definitions of autonomy. Nursing commonly confuses autonomy with related concepts such as authority, accountability, power, professionalism, and independence. A concept analysis of autonomy… CONTINUE READING

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