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Nursing and Theater: Teaching Ethics Through the Arts

Coleman, Jennifer J. PhD, RN, CNE; Dick, Tracey K. MSN, RN, CNE

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000271
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Prelicensure nursing education needs to prepare students for their future roles as professional nurses with ethical and moral decision-making skills. This article describes the use of theater as one approach to teaching nursing ethics at the prelicensure level. Students perform as actors, directors, and discussion leaders in a series of simulated ethical scenarios designed to encourage individual accountability and responsibility for action.

Author affiliations: Professor (Dr Coleman) and Assistant Professor (Ms Dick), Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Coleman, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Dr, Birmingham, AL 35229 (

Accepted for publication: March 18, 2016

Published ahead of print: May 3, 2016

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