Nursing Ethics Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is guide the student in crafting a 2-3 page scholarly paper that
examines professional nursing values and behaviors. The student will select one of the
professional issues from either documentary where an ethical decision must be considered.
Ethics in the practice of nursing plays a significant role in the decision making process. Many
ethical dilemmas occur in the delivery of health care, and this paper will give the student a
practice opportunity in resolving a health related problem that presents as an ethical dilemma.
The requirements of the paper will guide the student in improving his/her capacity to rely on
personal values, education, experience and moral responsibility to analyze one ethical situation,
anticipate consequences, and propose an appropriate action.
The student will watch the documentary Code Gray (1983) or The Waiting Room (2012). These
documentaries are available thru the Newman Library. For this paper the student will consider and explore the issue(s) and the complexities in making a decision that has ethical ramifications
using the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University Framework for Ethical
Decision Making (2017) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53fw6jOG7RI. Or
The following guidelines will help you craft your paper: Be sure to review the Ethical Issue
Grading rubric to guide your Essay.
Paper will follow APA format to include: Title page, Abstract page, Body of the paper (2-3 pages
[750-1000 words]) and Reference page (Maximum total of 5-6 pages, including the title page,
abstract page, 2-3 pages of the body, and reference page).
Use headings to help guide your reader through the sections of this paper.
• An introductory paragraph where you define the topic. Be sure the purpose of the paper clearly
stated. Remember- in APA format the word “Introduction” is not a heading for the introductory
• Explore an ethical dilemma from either documentary Code Gray (1983) or The Waiting Room
(2012). Describe one ethical dilemma.
• What individuals and groups have an important stake in the outcome? Discuss three options
that could be used for resolution of the dilemma?
• Evaluate the three options by asking the following questions:
o Which option will produce the most good and do the least harm? (The Utilitarian Approach)
o Which option best respects the rights of all who have a stake? (The Rights Approach)
o Which option treats people equally or proportionately? (The Justice Approach)
o Which option best serves the community as a whole, not just some members? (The Common
o Which option leads me to act as the sort of person I want to be? (The Virtue Approach).
• Considering all these approaches, which option best addresses the situation?
• List three ethical principles that are applicable in making a decision regarding the ethical
dilemma. Autonomy, justice, beneficence, and non-maleficence are examples of ethical
principles that may be considered in the decision. The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at
Santa Clara University Framework for Ethical Decision Making (2017), American Nurses
Association (ANA) website and your textbook have resources that can help guide in identifying
ethical standards. Be sure to cite your references using APA format.
• In summary, discuss the impact of this ethical issue on the nursing profession.
Nursing Ethics. Ethics in Nursing. Medical ethics: beneficence, non-maleficence and respect for autonomy. Nursing Code of Ethics. Code of Ethics for Nurses. Ethical Principles for Nurses. ANA Code of Ethics
https://nursing.rutgers.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ANA-Code-of-Ethics-for-Nurses.pdf http://www.bioethicsinstitute.org/nursing-ethics-summit-report/the-ana-new-code-of-ethics https://anacalif.memberclicks.net/assets/Events/RNDay/2016%20code%20of%20ethics%20for%20nurses%20-%209%20provisions.pdf https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/nursing-excellence/ethics/