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Promoting civility in the workplace

To: Ethics Inbox    From: An ANA member Subject: Bullying and incivility Bullying and incivility are rampant on my nursing unit. My manager doesn’t address the situation,...

Ethics in a pandemic

Decision-making during a healthcare crisis. In a severe pandemic of an infectious disease, healthcare organizations will face a surge in demand for care to large...
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A question of conscience

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Concerned RN Subject: Refusal to participate Two nurses on my unit have submitted written notification stating that they would no longer...

Nursing ethics for a gig economy

To: Ethics Advisory Board From: Overworked RN Subject: Freelance nursing I’m exhausted. My unit is always short staffed. I’m asked to work longer hours and come in...

Federal legislative agenda

Promoting the critical role nurses play in the health of patients and the nation, as well as guaranteeing a strong nursing workforce into the...

Ethics of bedside arraignments

To: Ethics inbox  From: Concerned RN Subject: Bedside arraignments I am a medical-surgical nurse and admitted a patient to my unit who was arrested and injured during...

Ethics, relatively speaking

To: Ethics inbox From: Puzzled nursing instructor Subject: “Putting away” your moral beliefs? Recently, a nursing student wrote this as part of a course assignment: “Ethics...

Ethics case study: ‘Just watch them die…’

According to the Associated Press, a Brookdale Senior Residence facility* worker who identified herself as a nurse, refused to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to...

Viewpoint: Nurse’s refusal to force feed Gitmo prisoners triggers debate

Few Americans know that a U.S. Navy nurse may lose his 18-year career because he decided he could no longer in good conscience continue...

Science: A universal source of ethics?

“It really doesn’t matter whether you are Muslim or Christian or Jew. In every religion, in every country, in every region at every time,...

When good people make hard choices…*

Leah Curtin discusses the difficulty of making choices in health care and includes a challenging situation she experienced as a student.

Documentation: You’ve got a lot to lose

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, fraud is “the intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person with the knowledge that...

Managing our fears to improve patient safety

Leaders must develop a structured process for team learning and communication.