Document Type : Original Article
Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran
Ph.D. Student in Business Administration, School of Accounting and Management, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran
Master Graduate in Business Administration, School of Accounting and Management, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran
Background: Nurses have critical roles and responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. They may face ethical issues due to exposure to new illnesses and a lack of experience in these new situations.
Aims: The present study aims to qualitatively investigate the ethical challenges of Iranian nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Methods: In this qualitative, semi-structured individual interviews were conducted with 15 nurses working in COVID-19 wards from a hospital in Yazd, Iran from February 2020 to April 2021. Data analysis was conducted by thematic analysis techniques.
Results: During the analysis, five themes were generated including ethical principles, ethical decision-making, educational challenges, communication challenges, and workplace challenges.
Conclusion: The current findings demonstrated that frontline nurses at COVID-19 wards experienced their work as challenging and with much uncertainty at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. It seemed as if training programs in advance could help reduce this uncertainty.