In today's science driven healthcare environment, although evidence-based information is increasingly used to guide clinical decision making, irrational beliefs are still prevalent among nurses.
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to increase understanding of workplace-related beliefs about luck and its varied meanings among nurses in Taiwan.
Method: A qualitative design was conducted using a content analysis approach. This paper is a description of inductive and deductive content analysis.
Findings: These findings represent twelve general examples of workplace-related beliefs on good luck and bad luck among Taiwanese nurses. The author of this study uncovered the complexity and sometimes irrationality of human nature and behavior in a hospital context. All beliefs have their own meanings.
Implications: These irrational beliefs are long-forgotten ways of thought that affect nurses still. We suggest that discovering nurses' viewpoints and cultural ideals is important to understand nursing practices. Nurses should be aware and understand these beliefs cautiously, and not rely too much on luck.
Keywords: Workplace beliefs, luck, nurses, mental health