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Ethics and Information Technology: How Nurses Balance When Integrity and Trust are at Stake

Simpson, Roy L. RN, C, CCMA, FNAP, FAAN

Nursing Informatics

When we think about ethics in nursing, such things as “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) orders and euthanasia come to mind. However, in the information age, there are some often-overlooked ethical issues surrounding information and information systems. This article examines several information technology influences and their impact on the issues of ethics, integrity, and trust.

Nursing Informatics, Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, Mo.

Corresponding author: Roy L. Simpson, RN, C, CCMA, FNAP, FAAN, Nursing Informatics, Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, MO 64117 (e-mail: rsimpson@cerner.com).

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.