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Workarounds Are Routinely Used by Nurses—But Are They Ethical?

Berlinger, Nancy PhD, MDiv

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: October 2017 - Volume 117 - Issue 10 - p 53–55
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000525875.82101.b7
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Nurses regularly circumvent work systems they perceive to be flawed to provide more efficient or better care. If kept secret, however, such workarounds become ethically questionable, even when the nurse is trying to do the right thing. In this article, the author discusses how nurses can be creative problem solvers without resorting to practices that may be ethical in intent yet potentially harmful in their consequences.

How nurses can be creative problem solvers without resorting to workarounds that may be ethical in intent yet potentially harmful in their consequences.

Nancy Berlinger is a research scholar at the Hastings Center in Garrison, NY. Contact author: berlingern@thehastingscenter.org. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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