Integrative review of studies about nurses who have been disciplined by their professional regulatory bodies
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CitationPapinaho, Oili. Häggman-Laitila, Arja. Liedenpohja, Anna-Maija. Kangasniemi, Mari. (2019). Integrative review of studies about nurses who have been disciplined by their professional regulatory bodies. Journal of nursing management, 27 (8) , 1588-1603. 10.1111/jonm.12883.
To synthesize knowledge in studies about nurses who had been disciplined by their professional regulatory bodies.
Unprofessional conduct that violates patient safety, nursing standards or legislation can result in disciplinary action that affects nurse's professional rights to practice. However, research on disciplinary procedures in nursing is fragmented.
An integrative review was carried out with systematic searches between January 2006 and November 2018, using the CINAHL, PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science databases and manual searches. The quality of the 17 included studies was evaluated with the Mixed Method Appraisal Tool.
The evidence in the included studies focused on various databases. Disciplined nurses were described in relation to their characteristics and disciplined because of numerous patients, practice and behaviour related violations. Similar disciplinary actions against nurses were reported.
This review provides knowledge on contributory risk factors that can be used to develop professional standards and early interventions in nursing management. More systematic research is needed, together with clear definitions of disciplinary procedures.
Implication for Nursing Management
This knowledge could strengthen the abilities of nurse managers to recognize and prevent events that seldom occur but seriously threaten the safety of patients and nurses when they do.