Live by the code
Welcome to the Nurse.com Ethics Resource Guide! Our 2017 series of online resource guides is designed to engage and inform nurses working in all specialties and practice areas on topics we know are important to you. If you are interested in what’s trending on the job and career fronts or in clinical nursing, education or healthcare policy, you'll find what you need in our convenient digital magazines designed to be helpful to you this year and beyond.
In this resource guide, we focus on ethics because from that early and direct, “Do no harm” caveat from Florence Nightingale, professional nursing has been built on a strong base of moral principles, behavioral standards and dictates of conscience. Ethics has always been at the heart of nursing’s values and an intrinsic part of who we are and what we do.
The American public voted nursing No. 1 among 22 professions surveyed in the annual Gallup honesty/ethics poll for 15 straight years. We should all be proud of that achievement. But nurses face difficult questions and ethical dilemmas all the time. We deal with privacy and confidentiality concerns; informed patient and surrogate consent questions; healthcare proxy and advanced care directive decisions; artificial life support conflicts; and so much more. Ethics in nursing is always a trending topic, and nurses need information from expert sources to help them care for their patients and families. Each page of this guide will provide you with the knowledge you need.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN, is senior vice president and chief nurse executive at OnCourse Learning, where she leads nursing programs and initiatives. She writes for Nurse.com; heads the national nursing excellence GEM Awards program; chairs company advisory board meetings; and represents OnCourse Learning on various healthcare committees and boards and at regional and national nursing and healthcare programs and meetings. She also is a board member and past president of the New Jersey League for Nursing, a constituent league of the National League for Nursing.
You’ll get tips on the successful development of a nurse-led ethics committee and you'll read about ways your colleagues are dealing with moral distress and other ethical challenges in the workplace. You'll also read expert blogs, our new continuing education module on human trafficking and much more. We are proud that for three decades nurses have looked to Nurse.com as their No. 1 source for nursing education and information, and the resource guides will bring you more of that. You’ll turn to them again and again for facts, updates, how-to articles, tips and advice from nursing and healthcare experts.
In upcoming guides, we’ll examine topics such as interprofessional education, unlocking your empowerment, staying safe on the job and mindfulness techniques for your patients and you. Each guide will offer information on keeping your practice current and moving your education and career forward. We hope you enjoy this guide and the others that will follow throughout the year. Please continue to share your feedback. We love hearing from you.
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Ethics has always been at the heart of nursing’s values and an intrinsic part of who we are and what we do.”
— Eileen Williamson, RN
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Helm an ethics team
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RNs can successfully lead interprofessional ethics committees with the right tools.
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Address your moral distress
Liaisons help nurses feel supported in voicing and discussing ethical concerns.
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When the end of life is near
Nurses must see to patients’ both physical and psychological needs during this difficult time.
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Call out unsafe practices
Speaking out if a colleague is not operating by ethical standards can be intimidating, but is necessary.
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8 key assumptions
Nurse leaders draft a blueprint for a healthcare culture that is more supportive of nursing ethics.
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Who's your go-to person?
RNs share whom they turn to for support when faced with an ethical dilemma at work.
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How to make ethical decisions
What a patient wants should be of paramount importance when a decision needs to be made.
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Make every day count
A nurse helps a dying patient spend as much time as possible with his young daughter.
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Know the code
Being familiar with the Code of Ethics can help nurses prepare for tough ethical dilemmas that are bound to happen.
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Choose your words wisely
A patient tapes his medical employees making inappropriate comments about him while he is sedated.
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Live by the code
Base your practice on strong moral principles.
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LGBTQ CE series debuts
Learn about the health needs of the LGBTQ community with a new series of courses.
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6 key ethical principles
Discover how fidelity, beneficence, autonomy and other principles come into play in ethics.
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Are you an ethics champion?
Operate within three core responsibilities to make a critical difference in patients’ lives.
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CE catalog
From bioethics to palliative care, several education modules provide important ethics lessons for nurses.
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Detect human trafficking
The first steps in patient care for potential victims is identification and assessment.
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Keep it confidential
Nurses who work in the community are obligated to follow confidentiality and privacy policies.
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Protect whistleblowers
The ANA Code of Ethics says nurses have a responsibility to assist whistleblowers.
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A beautiful death
Nurse learns valuable lessons about end-of-life care and experiencing a beautiful death.
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