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Table 3: Themes and subthemes

From: Registered nurses’ perceptions and experiences of autonomy: a descriptive phenomenological study

Themes Subthemes
1. Working independently  
2. Working in a team
3. Having professional skills and knowledge • Having the right skills and knowledge
• Decision-making based on clinical judgement
• Making informed and evidence-based decisions
4. Involvement in autonomy • Autonomy is experienced on a daily basis
• Demonstrating autonomy in exceptional circumstances
5. Boundaries around autonomy • Working within boundaries
• Working beyond boundaries
6. Developing autonomy requires support