Nurses' Experiences of Tranquility and Troubled Conscience during Caring: A Phenomenological Study

Parkhide Hasani, Rostam Jalali, Jila abedsaeidi



Background and Objectives: Nurses are obliged to try for the promotion of methods to access the safe, desirable and qualitative healthcare. The professional obligation and conscientious conflict in the nurses cause a troubled conscience. The nurses' experiences of their reactions to the behaviors for and against conscience may help to understand the meaning of conscience's reaction.

Materials and Methods: The phenomenological research was performed by the participation of 9 volunteer clinical nurses. The structureless interviews were recorded simultaneously and then transcribed. The Coalizzi method was used to analyze the data. The accuracy of the data was verified by using creditability, confirmability, reliability and transferability measures.

Findings: by the continuous analyzation of data and analyzing the handwritings obtained from the interviews on the nurses' experiences and beliefs about the conscience reaction, the tranquility contents including tranquility, gladness and consent subclasses and the subclasses of troubled conscience including sense of guilt, discomfort, mental engagement and worrisomeness and contents of reaction including subclasses of expressiveness, compensation and lack of repeat emerged.

Conclusion: The nurses, in their experiences, expressed calmness and gladness when performing works conformed to conscience and showed discomfort and conscience trouble when performing works against conscience and tried to compensate a practice against conscience.


Nurses' experience; phenomenology; conscience trouble; conscience calmness; nursing

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