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Table 2 Main theme, subthemes, and codes of moral neutralization

From: Moral neutralization: Nurses’ evolution in unethical climate workplaces

Main theme Subthemes Codes
Moral neutralization Feeling discouraged Be criticized for ethical performance
Being punished for doing work ethically
Weak encouragement system
False judgment
Low job satisfaction
Normalization When in Rome, do as the Romans do
Following neutral role models
Doing the orders
Earning positive results from wrong actions
Giving up Disappointment
Stop trying
Doing the job wrong
Closing eyes on others fault
Becoming a justifier Using economic aspects as an excuse
Having too many responsibilities as an excuse Rationalaising immoral actions with a heavy workload
Moral indifference Decreasing sensitivity
Not caring about the patient
Not feeling guilty
Putting the job first