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America’s dark secret

Words about equality, friendship, and peace must be accompanied by action. In a country with a history of great oratory, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stands out. His spellbinding 1963 I Have a Dream speech...

ANA responds to Supreme Court rulings

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down three key rulings this summer in cases that the American Nurses Association (ANA) had been monitoring, two that protect the rights of vulnerable populations and another that erodes...

How to address racial injustice in the workplace and community

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Concerned RN Subject: I want to make a difference I am a white frontline nurse in a medium-sized, full-service hospital. I am profoundly moved by the injustices I see occurring to...

Is political advocacy ethical for nurses?

To: Ethics Inbox    From: Uneasy RN Subject: Political advocacy I recently saw a political ad featuring a nurse using her name and licensed credentials to support a particular candidate and his views on healthcare. I was...

Claiming our rights

The pandemic has cast a spotlight on human rights. According to CNN, the night-shift emergency department (ED) nurses at a Detroit hospital reached a tipping point in the COVID-19 pandemic when they refused to leave...

Trending jobs | Legal nurse consultant

Legal nurse consultants (LNCs) review and analyze facts and information identified in legal cases that involve an injury. They use their nursing and research skills, knowledge of nursing theory, and familiarity with medicine and...

Congress, administration agree on aid package

President Donald Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act on April 24, an “interim” step ahead of the fourth aid package that will provide $484 billion to assist with COVID-19...

Starting a nurse practitioner clinic: Legal considerations

Partner with business experts to ensure success. Takeaways: As states continue to roll back barriers for nurse practitioners to practice independently, NPs can play a vital role in meeting the healthcare needs of every community. ...

Ethics and personal safety on the frontlines of COVID-19

To: Ethics Inbox    From: Concerned ED nurse Subject: Becoming ill with COVID-19 I’m an emergency department (ED) nurse and worry about becoming critically ill from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Despite years of pandemic anticipation and months...

Responding to reports of retaliation against nurses

ANA is disturbed about reports of employers retaliating against nurses and other healthcare workers for raising legitimate concerns about their personal safety while caring for patients with COVID-19. Reports of intimidation, firing, ostracizing, and...

The crowd requires it…

Groups can provide more wisdom than individuals. The wisdom of the crowd refers to the preference for the collective opinion of a group of individuals rather than a single expert. A large group’s aggregated answers...

The ethical evolution of health management

Recently, I have been asked by several nursing organizations to review articles and position papers related to technology and innovation. I have also read a short article in the Minnesota Nurse about the reticence...

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, which contributes to an unhealthy work environment. Things escalated recently...