In your role, as an advanced practice nurse, you will encounter several situations that will require your ability to make sound judgments and practice decisions for the safety and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. There may not be a clear cut answer of how to address the issue, but your ethical decision making must be based on evidenced based practice, and what is good, right, and beneficial for patients. You will encounter patients who do not hold your values, but you must remain professional and unbiased in the care you provide to all patients regardless of their sociodemographic and ethnic/racial background. You must be prepared to critically analyze ethical situations, and develop an appropriate plan of action. For this Assignment, you will review the literature and discover the various ethical dilemmas advanced practice nurses encounter and how these issues are typically addressed in your state.
· Review literature for moral/ethical issues encountered by advanced practice nurses in clinical practice.
· Select an article that was published within the last five years.
By Day 7
Write a two page paper that answers the following questions:
Summarize the moral/ethical issue in the article (no more than 1 paragraph)
Describe the moral and ethical dilemmas surrounding the issue
Analyze the ethical issue and compare them to the State Health Laws and Regulations in your state (OHIO)
Outline the process of ethical decision making you would use to address this ethical dilemma
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Hamric, A. B., Hanson, C. M., Tracy, M. F., & OGrady, E. T. (2014). Ethical decision making. In Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach (5th ed.) (328 354). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders
Kaplan, C. (2008). Ethical Dilemmas. Advance Healthcare Network. Retrieved fromhttp://nurse-practitioners-and-physician-assistants.advanceweb.com/Article/Ethical-Dilemmas-2.aspx
MidlevelU: The Online Hub for Midlevels. (2013, January 14). Should Providers Treat Their Friends and Family? [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://midlevelu.com/blog/should-providers-treat-their-friends-and-family
HEAT Inc., Health Education & Training. (2010, May 12). Ethical Issues In Nursing — Commitment: Patients, Professionalism, and Boundaries. Retrieved fromhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtuanLybaZs
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