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Promoting Ethical Development in Nursing Education and Beyond


doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3181d22fb6

Ethical nursing practice can be referred to as doing what is best for those who are the recipient of one's services, according to the recipient. However, clear-cut lines of what is and is not in the best interest of the patient can become blurred. Nurses often encounter situations that require them to use ethical judgment. This article discusses how ethical decision making can be developed in students, new graduates, and nurses in practice.

How can we encourage ethical decision making in nursing students, new graduates, and nurses in practice?

Denise Stagg, MSN, RN, has been a nurse for 16 years, working in multiple areas after starting practice as an LPN in 1994. Currently she is a nursing instructor at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. She attends a Roman Catholic church in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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