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Focus On: Nursing Ethics

As nurses, we've all dealt with difficult ethical issues, even dilemmas, in our practice. They can sometimes be even more challenging than the physical care we provide for our patients. Take some time to explore this great collection of FREE articles addressing ethical issues in nursing practice. I've compiled these resources to help define terms, give you guidance and support, and generate discussion. Let us know what you think by clicking the “Comments” links!


Lisa M. Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP

GENERAL

SPECIFIC AREAS OF PRACTICE

END-OF-LIFE ISSUES

LEGAL ISSUES

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GENERAL
Review ethical principles and professional values.

  Identifying Ethical Issues from the Perspective of the Registered Nurse
JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation
July/September 2009    Comments(0)

  Ethical Issues: Ethics and Healthcare Reform: Can We Afford the Status Quo?
Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
November/December 2009    Comments(0)

  Respecting Patient Autonomy Versus Protecting the Patient's Health: A Dilemma for Healthcare Providers
JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation
October/December 2009    Comments(0)

  An Ethical Framework for Developing and Sustaining a Healthy Workplace
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
July/September 2009    Comments(0)

  Human Experimentation: Historical Perspective of Breaches of Ethics in US Health Care
The Health Care Manager
October/December 2009    Comments(0)

  CHRISTIAN ETHICS: Got Milk?
Journal of Christian Nursing
October/November/December 2009    Comments(0)

  Take5 - Understanding HIPPA
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SPECIFIC AREAS OF PRACTICE
Find information about specific patient populations.

  Pearls in Palliation: Providing Patient- and Family-Centered End-Of-Life Care in the ICU
Nursing2010 Critical Care
September 2009    Comments(0)

  LEADERSHIP DIMENSION: Restarting the Clock…Again: Ethical Considerations in Retransplantation
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing
September/October 2009    Comments(0)

  The Nurse's Role in Treatment Decisions for the Child with Neurological Impairment
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
October 2009    Comments(0)

  Involvement of Adolescents in Decision Making for Heart Transplants
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
September/October 2009    Comments(0)

  ETHICAL ISSSUES IN NEWBORN CARE: Benevolent Injustice: A Neonatal Dilemma
Advances in Neonatal Care
June 2009    Comments(0)

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END-OF-LIFE ISSUES
Read about issues involving advance directives, DNR orders, and withdrawal of care.

  Life-Support Interventions at the End of Life: Unintended Consequences
AJN, American Journal of Nursing
January 2010   
PowerPoint Slides
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  Nurses' Knowledge of Advance Directives, Patient Self-determination Act, and Illinois Advance Directive Law
Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice
November/December 2009    Comments(0)

  Advance Directives: The Clinical Nurse Specialist as a Change Agent
Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice
September/October 2009    Comments(0)

  Human Relationships at the End of Life: An Ethical Ontology for Practice
Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing
July/August 2009    Comments(0)

  Pearls in Palliation: Providing Patient- and Family-Centered End-Of-Life Care in the ICU
Nursing2010 Critical Care
September 2009    Comments(0)

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LEGAL ISSUES
Brush up on legal considerations.

  Nursing Ethics: Reigniting the Debate over Assisted Suicide
Nursing2009 Critical Care
September 2009    Comments(0)

  Legal File: Your Role In Preventing Identity Theft
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care
January 2010    Comments(0)

  Legal Issues Related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine
JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation
April/June 2009    Comments(0)

  CHALLENGES IN MANAGEMENT: What if … You Need to Help Someone Who's a Lawyer?
Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
July/September 2009    Comments(0)

  Stopping Eating and Drinking
AJN, American Journal of Nursing
September 2009    Comments(0)

  The Legalities of Nursing Documentation
Men in Nursing
January 2010    Comments(0)

  Legal Department: Hand-Off Communication Does Affect Patient Safety
Plastic Surgical Nursing
October/December 2009    Comments(0)

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