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Ethical Helps and Challenges Faced by Nurse Leaders in the Healthcare Industry

Cooper, Robert W. PhD; Frank, Garry L. PhD; Gouty, Carol Ann PhD, CNA; Hansen, Mary Mincer PhD, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: January 2003 - Volume 33 - Issue 1 - p 17-23

Professional healthcare providers are held responsible for technologic and financial decisions and also for the moral ramifications of their decisions. The authors report the findings of a survey of nurse leaders conducted to determine the key factors that provide help and present challenges as they seek to respond ethically to the dilemmas encountered in the course of their work. Implications for the healthcare industry and the nursing profession are discussed.

Authors’ affiliations: Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (Drs Cooper, Frank, and Hansen); Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago, Ill (Dr Gouty).

Corresponding author: Robert W. Cooper, PhD, 2389 NW 162nd Lane, Clive, IA 50325 (

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.