Nurse leaders brainstorm to create ethics roadmap
8 key ethical assumptions
Nursing leaders assembled at a summit meeting to draft a blueprint that help could help change the country’s healthcare culture into one that is more supportive of basic ethical values. The blueprint is based on these key assumptions.
Ethical challenges are embedded in everyday practice in all settings in which nurses work.
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The need to strengthen the ethical foundation of nursing is urgent.
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The ANA Code of Ethics is foundational to understanding the ethical landscape.
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Many ethical pressures arise more from disparities in human resources, social capital and financial resources.
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Moral distress is a pervasive reality for nurses when they are unable to translate their moral choices into action.
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Nurses must define the boundaries of their professional responsibility with interprofessional colleagues.
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Nurses are ideally situated to lead and contribute to contemporary models of care delivery, policy, research and education.
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Efforts to improve the ethical environment for nurses have a direct impact on the quality of patient care.
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editors-noteEDITOR'S NOTE: Source is the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics’ “A Blueprint for 21st Century Nursing Ethics: Report of the National Nursing Summit” (in 2014).
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