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A nurse’s inappropriate language—an ethical issue

By: Nelda Godfrey, PhD, ACNS-BC, RN

To: Ethics Advisory Board From: Concerned nurse manager Subject: A nurse’s behavior frightens a patient LR is a new graduate RN with 1 year of experience on our medical telemetry unit. As her manager, I now have received two complaints regarding LR’s inappropriate, profane language. The first instance occurred in the breakroom among hospital staff,…

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