Professional autonomy of nurses in hospital settings--a review of the literature.

@article{Varjus2011ProfessionalAO,
  title={Professional autonomy of nurses in hospital settings--a review of the literature.},
  author={Sirkka Liisa Varjus and Helena Leino-Kilpi and Tarja Suominen},
  journal={Scandinavian journal of caring sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={25 1},
  pages={201-7}
}
Autonomy is regarded as an essential element of professional status. Especially nurse managers have an important role in searching for ways to empower nurses and to provide conditions that promote autonomous practice. This article provides an overview of the empirical research literature on the professional autonomy of nurses in hospital settings. The aim is to clarify the concept and to give information on how the autonomy of nurses has been studied through the decades. The definitions of… CONTINUE READING

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