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Table 1 Characteristics of study participants (N = 167)

From: An ethical issue: nurses’ conscientious objection regarding induced abortion in South Korea

  Frequency (%) Mean (SD)
Age   
 30 years or younger 64 (38.3%) 34.40 (8.63)
 31–40 years 66 (39.5%)  
 41 years or older 37 (22.2%)  
Gender   
 Female 152 (91.0%)  
 Male 15 (9.0%)  
Marital status   
 Single 97 (58.1%)  
 Married 70 (41.9%)  
Religion   
 No religion 88 (52.7%)  
 Protestant 47 (28.1%)  
 Catholic 25 (15.0%)  
 Buddhist 7 (4.2%)  
Religion-importance   
 No religion or not important at all 89 (53.3%) 1.91 (1.09)
 Not very important 21 (12.6%)  
 Somewhat important 39 (23.4%)  
 Very important 18 (10.8%)  
Clinical experience (years)   
 10 years or less 91 (54.8%) 11.03 (8.84)
 More than 10 years 75 (45.2%)  
Clinical role   
 Operating room nurse 105 (62.9%)  
 Recovery room nurse 26 (15.6%)  
 Aesthesia monitoring nurse 24 (14.4%)  
 Physician assistant/surgical assistant 12 (7.2%)  
Awareness about CO   
 Fully aware/aware 48 (28.7%) 2.68 (1.10)
 Fully unaware/unaware/neither aware nor unaware 119 (71.3%)  
Resolving conflicts between nurses’ right to CO and patients’ right to receive abortion care   
 Nurses’ rights prioritized 35 (21.1%)  
 Patients’ rights prioritized 114 (68.7%)  
 I do not know 17 (10.2%)  
Legislation for nurses’ rights for CO to abortion   
 Support 76 (45.8%)  
 Oppose 38 (22.9%)  
 Neither support nor oppose 52 (31.3%)  
  1. CO conscientious objection