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ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights publishes annual report

The ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020. In its annual report for 2019, the center looks...

Research ethics: What nurses need to know

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Conscientious RN Subject: Patient care during research  I’ve been asked to care for patients who are participating in a research study....

Pathological individualism

Our rights come with responsibilities. They call it a “pandemic,” meaning the disease has spread all around the globe. Horrible. Overwhelming. Deadly. The world has...

NPs on the ethics committee: What is your decision?

The Ethical Case to Consider: A mother reports that her youngest child is 18-years-old and she has two adult children who are 23- and 28-years-old....

Health disparities and end of life care

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Concerned RN Subject: Creating change  I’m a community health nurse and have personally witnessed how health disparities manifest in advance care...

Unemployment imperils health coverage

A fix is long overdue and needed now. So many bad things are happening, it’s hard to keep up with them all. In many states,...

Have we forgotten or become complicit: A story about our code of ethics for nurses

How many years ago did we take an ethics class in nursing school? Do you remember the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive...

Tragedy from a vaccine-preventable disease

To: Ethics Advisory Board    From: Conflicted in (Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, Michigan … all states with high rates of nonmedical vaccine exemptions) Subject:...

The ‘fake’ news effect

At some point the political questions of the day collapse. It’s the day the economic issues, and the immigration issues, the coronavirus issues,...

Ethics in a pandemic

Nurses need to engage in self-care to reduce moral distress. Takeaways: The COVID-19 pandemic brings many ethical dilemmas for nurses and their patients. The...