Factors related to professional autonomy in nursing practice of nurses at a University hospital in Vietnam
Keywords:professional autonomy, nursing practice, Vietnam
The aims of this descriptive study were to explore the level of professional autonomy and to investigate factors related to professional autonomy in nursing practice of 180 nurses in the in-patient departments at Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital. The data were collected by using a questionnaire translated from English to Vietnamese language by back translation process. The findings indicated that the overall and each domain of professional autonomy of nurses were at moderate levels. Nurses who worked in different settings, years of experience as nurse practitioners, years of experience at the current jobs, and type of shift had different professional autonomy. Nurse-physician collaboration and nursing practice environment related to professional development, management support, and workloads had statistically significant correlation with professional autonomy. Recommendations for nurse administrators are increasing nurses’ competencies in collaboration with physicians and improving nursing practice environment in order to enhance professional autonomy of nurses.
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