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Perceptions of Intentional Wrongdoing and Peer Reporting Behavior among Registered Nurses
Granville King, III
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 34, No. 1 (Nov., 2001), pp. 1-13
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25074618
Page Count: 13
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How a person perceives a wrongdoing being committed by a coworker will affect whether the incident is reported within the organization. A significant factor that may influence the decision to report a wrongdoing is the perceived intentionality of the wrongdoer. This study sought to examine if differences in perceptions of a wrongdoing could affect the disclosure of unethical behavior. Three hundred seventy-two registered nurses (N = 372) responded to a survey consisting of both intentional and unintentional wrongdoings that could occur by a nurse. Results of a paired t-test were as predicted. More wide ranging revelations found that respondents were more likely to discuss the unintentional wrongdoings with the wrongdoer in lieu of officially reporting to an immediate supervisor, or a member of upper management. Discussion, limitations, and suggestions for future research are provided.
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