Cyprus Journal of Medical Sciences
Original Article

Role Conflict and Role Ambiguity in Pediatric General Duty and Intensive Care Unit Nurses

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Department of Surgical Nursing, İzmir Katip Çelebi University, Faculty of Health Sciences, İzmir, Turkey

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Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, University of Health Sciences Dr. Behcet Uz Child Disease and Pediatric Surgery Training and Research Hospital, İzmir, Turkey

Cyprus J Med Sci 2021; 6: 162-170
DOI: 10.5152/cjms.2021.2153
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BACKGROUND/AIMS
The aim of this study is to investigate the role conflict and role ambiguity in pediatric nurses who work outside and in the pediatric intensive care units and whether the situation varies according to some characteristics of the nurses.

MATERIAL and METHODS
The descriptive study was carried out in intensive care units with featured units, other featured units (emergency service, operating room and burn unit), and inpatient clinics in a pediatric hospital between October 1, 2019 and February 1, 2020. All nurses were included in the sample using the total count sampling method (N=210). The data were collected using a Nurse Personal Information Form and the Role Conflict and Role Ambiguity Scale.

RESULTS
The mean role conflict score of the nurses who worked in the hospital was 35.74±9.34 and above the moderate level, while the mean role ambiguity score was 39.90±5.71 and they experienced no role ambiguity. The mean role conflict score of the nurses in the clinic (37.38±9.46) was significantly higher than those in the intensive care unit (33.80±9.15), (F=3.42, p=0.03). The role conflict was higher in nurses who spent more years in the profession, in the hospital, and have not received orientation training in the hospital, whereas role ambiguity was higher in nurses who have not received orientation training in the hospital (p<0.05).

CONCLUSION
The working environments in health institutions create a favorable ground for role conflict and role ambiguity. 

Cite this article as: Sanlı D, C imen MU€, _Isler N, Turgut N. Role Conflict and Role Ambiguity in Pediatric General Duty and Intensive Care Unit Nurses. Cyprus J Med Sci 2021; 6(2): 162-170.

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