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American Nurse welcomes the “Relentless School Nurse,” Robin Cogan

2020 - Yes, Nursing is Political Congresswoman Lauren Underwood spoke about the need for nurses to be political during her keynote speech at the American Academy of Nursing’s annual conference. I often wonder why nurses...

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 can be hard to teach or learn because they may...

A practical approach to disclosing conscientious objection

How to ensure quality patient care while following your moral compass. Takeaways: A foundational value of nursing is to respect the worth and dignity of all patients. Nurses also are expected to extend the same...

Trust me. I’m a nurse

Reconciling trust, ethics, and caring. Takeaways: For 17 consecutive years, nurses have received the highest rating in the Gallup honesty and ethics survey. Individual nurse behavior can influence the public’s opinion of nursing. Trust-based nurse-patient...

Video surveillance and nursing workforce safety

This strategy can benefit both nurses and patients. Takeaways: Patient-engaged video surveillance is a reliable method to accurately determine the incidence of patient aggression and violence on the nursing workforce for those under surveillance. Trained...

Rights and undocumented people

Legal rights, human rights—and claiming a right. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, legal rights, human rights, and claiming a right are all different matters, whether you’re undocumented or not. The easy definition of an undocumented person...

The BON discipline cascade

Understanding that disciplinary action can be complex helps nurses protect themselves. Takeaways: Nurses facing licensure investigation/discipline must be represented by attorneys with expertise in disciplinary defense. Licensure discipline can cause multiple collateral consequences. “It is…highly probable...
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Promoting advance care planning

INBOX To: Ethics inbox From: An ANA member Subject: End-of-life decision making After my husband died from cancer, I vowed to use my nursing knowledge and role to help future patients with end-of-life decision making. Does the...

When #NursesVote, policy changes

In recognition of National Voter Registration Day in September and in advance of next year’s presidential election, the American Nurses Association (ANA) launched its new and improved #NursesVote website. The resource for ANA members...
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Nurses and assisted suicide

Should nurses have a role in this end-of-life choice? A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, a close friend of mine died. She was in her 80s and had a serious but not imminently terminal problem—and she...

What are Gen Z nurses seeking?

A new study examines the work values of Generation Z nurses. These nurses, 25 and under, are now entering the workforce, bringing innovative ideas and expectations about what it means to work with them in...

Supporting patients with end-of-life conversations

To: Ethics inbox From: Widowed nurse Subject: Medical aid in dying I’m an operating room RN who has worked in a hospital environment for over 25 years. Five years ago, my husband died from pancreatic cancer....

Must nurses care for migrants?

Basic human rights apply to everyone. THERE SEEMS to be much controversy about giving healthcare to “undocumented” immigrants—or even “documented” ones. In fact, some people believe that anyone who doesn’t have health insurance has no...