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Terminating Life Support and Issues of Nursing Ethics »

Number of Pages: 16

A 16 page paper that explores the issue of withdrawing life support interventions. This becomes a particularly difficult and controversial topic when the patient does not have a living will or advanced directive on file. This essay discusses the role of the nurse in this situation and the ethics involved. The writer proposes that this ...

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Nursing and Ethical Values »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing whether it is possible to teach ethics and ethical values in nursing. The answer is a resounding yes, of course. In support of that position, the paper discusses the philosophies of Kant, Mill and Rawls. While Kant and Mill (the categorical imperative and “the greater good”) provide ...

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Ethical Views on Euthanasia »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper discussing the issue of the ethics of euthanasia within a nursing context. The paper presents philosophical argument, but one author notes that those nurses unable to come to terms with agreed-on procedures should disqualify themselves from cases employing those procedures. Whereas the physician of record has the privilege of and ability to ...

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Why Nurses Leave Clinical Practice? »

Number of Pages: 4

This 4 page paper looks at the problem of the nursing shortage, reviewing an article that undertakes research identifying factors causing nurses to the clinical practice. The contents of the article and main message are considered, supporting evidence from alternative research is identified and the paper ends by looking at the importance of tackling ...

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Professional Practice and Nursing Philosophy »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper. A nurse's philosophical outlook on the profession necessarily impacts the manner in which that individual acts on a day-to-day basis. Basically, philosophy supports professionalism by providing a strong foundation for practice. The following discussion of nursing philosophy and practice demonstrates how these two aspects of nursing practice are related, focusing ...

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Conflicting Ethics, Euthanasia, and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page essay that examines the moral dilemmas faced by nurses as they try to reconcile the Nurse's Code to euthanasia and the right to die issue. Discussed are the three ethics of autonomy, beneficence, and nonmaleficence and how these ethics should be applied in situations involving euthanasia. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Nursing's Personal Code of Ethics »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5-page paper focuses on ethics as they pertain to the nursing code of ethics (as formulated through the American Nurses Association). Issues discussed include autonomy, informed consent, beneficence, confidentiality and nonmaleficence. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Nursing Home Residents Suffering from Dementia and Making End of Life Decisions »

Number of Pages: 5

Forbes, Bern-Klug and Gessert (2000), in their article End-of-Life Decision Making for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia, relate the problem of family decision making and the focus on nursing home care for individuals with dementia. This 5 page paper provides an overview of the issue presented and relates it to the current literature. ...

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Cultural diversity, End-of-Life Issues »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page essay/research paper that in which the writer uses tutorial language to offer advice to a student on how to report on her teaching experience as a nurse educator focusing on pain assessment as an end-of-life issue and on cultural diversity in nursing practice. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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An Article on Childbirth and Nursing Presence Reviewed »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page article review that summarizes the principal points of a research study, offering analysis. Research pertaining to childbirth and the significance that this life events has for women supports the pivotal role that nursing support plays in the birth experience. Exploring this topic, the study designed by MacKinnon, McIntyre, and Quance (2005) investigated ...

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Nursing Assignment Acceptance and the Position Statement of the American Nurses Association »

Number of Pages: 6

A six page paper which looks at the American Nurses Association’s position statement regarding the right of nurses to accept or reject assignments on the grounds of harm which might come to themselves or their patients, and considers it in reference to the increased emphasis on nurses’ autonomy and the importance of nursing ethics. Bibliography ...

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Humanistic Leadership & Nursing Unions »

Number of Pages: 20

A 20 page research paper that in which the writer assumes the persona of a nursing leader working in a hospital where the nurses are unionized. The writer establishes a background for this investigation by examining what is meant by the terms "humanistic" and "leadership," which includes a discussion of various leadership models and theories. ...

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Nursing and Mandatory Overtime »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper discussing resolution of the conflict between nurses and nurse management arising from mandatory overtime. The nursing shortage has been operational for a generation now; it is unlikely to end soon. In the meantime, both nurses and their employers need to work together to identify alternative processes rather than striving ...

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Carobeth Laird's Limbo A Memoir About Life in a Nursing Home by a Survivor »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page review on the book 'Limbo: A Memoir About Life in a Nursing Home by a Survivor,' by Carobeth Laird. In a day and age where many of our elderly are sent to live in nursing homes, this book makes for a excellent read, illustrating, through the eyes of one who lived the ...

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PDAs as a Home Nursing Boon »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page research paper that examines how PDAs (personal digital assistants) are being utilized as support for home nursing. The writer argues that home nurses need support and that PDAs constitute an efficient and economical way of obtaining it. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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Personal Nursing Ethics »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper/essay that offers advice to a nursing student on how to write a personal reflection paper that discusses the student’s ethics and values. In order to do this, the writer employs tutorial language that draws on specific examples of nursing integrity and values in action from nursing literature. Bibliography lists ...

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Nurses and Workplace Situations »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page outline of a number of different situations a nurse can encounter in the workplace. Relates examples of both ethical and cultural dilemmas which can have a direct impact on the nurse/patient relationship and consequently on the healing process. Emphasizes that professional ethics, knowledge, and a fluidity in approach are prerequisites of ...

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Theory-Driven Praxis—Personal Framework »

Number of Pages: 12

A 12 page research paper that offers guidelines to a student in regards to creating a personal theory-drive framework intended to guide the student's nursing practice. The meta-paradigms of nursing are defined, as well as the basic principles of nursing ethics, and related to the theoretical perspective of Newman and Reed. The student's focus ...

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Two Articles on Ethics in Nursing Reviewed »

Number of Pages: 3

This 3 page paper includes two article reviews in nursing ethics. One article examines a survey on ethical issues in nursing while the other focuses on the idea that nurses often engage in rule bending behavior. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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Nurse Migration »

Number of Pages: 4

A 4 page research paper that discusses the issues and ethics of the international migration of nurses, touching also on the issue of foreign-recruitment of nurses as an answer to nursing shortages. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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Cuckoo's Nest and Nursing Ethics »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that examines the Academy Award-winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975, directed by Milos Forman for United Artists) is based on a novel by Ken Kesey (published in 1962) which represents one of the most negative and sinister portrayals of nursing in all of cinema, as Nurse Ratched ...

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Nursing Philosophy and Parse's Theory of Human Becoming »

Number of Pages: 9

A 9 page research paper that delineates nursing philosophy, first of all, by epistemology, ontology and ethics, and then examines how personal nursing philosophy can be informed by Parse's Theory of Human Becoming. The final section of proposes a personal viewpoint toward the epistemology of nursing research. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Should a Nurse Assist in the Suicide of a Suffering Patient »

Number of Pages: 5

This 4 page paper looks at the issues of assisted suicide by a nurse in the US. Using the fictitious case of a terminal cancer sufferer the issues is discussed by looking at the relevance of the Patient Bill Of Rights, as well as ethical, legal and business perspectives. The paper ends by considering ...

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Nursing Leadership Examined »

Number of Pages: 10

A 10 page paper that identifies an effective nurse leader; discusses several points of leadership theory as it applies to nursing; and ends with the writer comparing her own nursing leadership skills to those of the identified effective leader. The identified leader holds a vice president position and some differences can be attributed to ...

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Violating Nursing Protocol »

Number of Pages: 6

6 pages in length. There is a reason why nurses must wait for and abide by doctors' orders when it comes to the administration of medications; to ignore the chart's state dosage, the nurse compromises the fundamental basis of ethics that provides the foundation upon which medical professionals operate. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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Studies and Recommendations on Burnout of Nurses in Oman and Other Countries »

Number of Pages: 4

This is a 4 page paper discussing nurses’ burnout. Nurses’ burnout is a global problem which is considered more severe in developing countries due to the initial high patient nurse ratio and the increased number of health care workers which leave developing countries for other opportunities. While the Sultanate of Oman has a fairly large ...

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Quality of Life and the Role of Nursing »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper discussing how nurses can positively affect patients’ quality of life. They can teach the diabetic that, although some things about his life have changed with diagnosis, s/he can live quite normally in most respects. Visiting nurses provide a bright spot in an at-home patient’s day. The pediatric nurse ...

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Personal Definition of Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that discusses the parameters in defining a personal definition of nursing based on ethical and professional standards. Actions that are purposeful and effective are inevitably aligned with a specific set of values that serve to guide individuals in the process of decision making, in both their personal and professional ...

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Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2009 »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page summation and discussion of the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing (RNSS) Act, which would require that hospitals develop "valid, reliable unit-by-unit staffing plans," which would be developed in coordination with input from the registered nurses (RNs) based in each unit and, therefore, designed to accommodate each "unit's unique characteristics and needs" (ANA, 2009). ...

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Nursing and the Use of Family Theories »

Number of Pages: 4

This 4 page paper looks at the value of family theories in nursing with particular attention to nurses caring for patients in their own homes. The concept of family theories is considered in general and then some of the most use are discussed looking at how they may provide practical support for the nurses practice. ...

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Nursing as an Art »

Number of Pages: 12

This 12 page paper argues that nursing is an art, and not a science. Although the paper acknowledges that science is a part of the nursing model, when given the task of choosing, it seems that nursing is more of an art than a science. Many examples are provided to support the conclusion. ...

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Nursing at the End of Life »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that discusses an end of life case study in regards to guides for effect nursing care for terminally ill patients. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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Holistic Nursing and the Role of Jean Watson »

Number of Pages: 5

Jean Watson has played a major role in determining the link between nursing identity and holistic healing, and has supported the integration of a new vision of nursing process within the profession. This 5 page paper considers the role of Jean Watson in asserting a holistic model for nursing and then relates this vision ...

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Assisted Suicide, Ethics, and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page essay exploring a nurse's experience with patients requesting assisted suicide. The writer describes the experience from a firsthand perspective and then presents the position held by the American Nursing Association on this controversial issue. The ANA is opposed to assisted suicide but the writer reports feeling a strong desire to help one ...

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Ethics and Beliefs in Nursing »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper/essay that discusses nursing ethics, the factors that influence the development of personal and professional ethics and how they apply to clinical practice. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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RN Nurses in Canada and Impact of Health Care Reforms »

Number of Pages: 7

7 pages. This paper will deal with how the recent healthcare reforms have impacted the nursing profession. The focus is on nurses in Canada. This paper will look at many different aspects of the nursing profession as based on the life of a nurse. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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Hospitals and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

5 pages in length. Nurses play an integral role in the overall development and application of standards of care, the transmission of scientific and humanistic caring, professional performance, ethics, as well as the level of competency expected from the industry. When one critically appraises these areas as they exist in nursing student development, ...

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Nursing and the Value of Honesty »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page discussion of the importance of honesty as a value in nursing. Using the example of informed consent, the author demonstrates that honesty is a particularly important value in meeting up to the Canadian Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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Nursing Profession and 'Telehealth' Implications »

Number of Pages: 8

An 8 page paper which examines the implications of telehealth on the nursing profession by defining the term; discussing its benefits; costs; education and/or training guidelines for nurses, privacy, confidentiality, security, ethics, informed consent, and storage of telehealth records; ensuring reliable technology; provincial/state issues; and legal issues. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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State of Science, Nursing Ethics »

Number of Pages: 22

A 22 page research paper that examines the state of the science of nursing ethics. This investigation endeavors to offer a broad, exploratory overview of how professional nursing is addressing the numerous ethical challenges that characterize modern healthcare systems. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

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Casuistry Ethics and Nursing »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page paper that discusses different issues. The first topic is the Casuistry ethics approach, which is explained and discussed. Other topics focus on setting up a family nurse practitioner clinic in Louisiana, including the laws governing such enterprises. Components of the business plan are identified and the write comments on the characteristics ...

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Ethical, Legal Issues and Registered Nurses »

Number of Pages: 5

This 5 page research paper describes the legal and ethical issues that pertain to the practice behaviors of registered nurses (RNs). The writer describes the importance of Nursing Practice Acts and HIPAA requirements, as well as the complexity of the ethical issues that daily confront RNs, while emphasizing the importance of the ANA Code of ...

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Colby/Deaths of Nancy Cruzan »

Number of Pages: 6

A 6 page research paper/essay that discusses the issues involved in the case of Nancy Cruzan, as discussed in William Colby’s book Long Goodbye. Cruzan was in a persistent vegetative state when life support was finally withdrawn due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The writer focuses on the ethical issues involved from a nursing ...

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Operating Room Communication Between Physician and Nurse »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper reviewing the state of communication between doctor and nurse in the OR and assessing changes that continue to occur. The relationship is stereotyped as being adversarial, but recent research indicates that the trend toward alliance of healthcare professionals is finding its way to the OR now as well. The ...

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Nursing Ethics in December 2002 AORN Journal »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page paper discussing a series of nine articles appearing in the AORN Journal between April and December, 2002. The value of the series of articles is that each article focuses on a specific point of stated, formal ethics code to explain to perioperative nurses precisely what the standards mean for them. ...

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Dorothea Dix, Pioneer of Nursing »

Number of Pages: 3

A 3 page research paper that discusses the life, career, and nursing philosophy of nursing pioneer Dorothea Dix, who was instrumental in both founding and expanding more than 30 hospitals devoted to the treatment of mental illness. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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Healthy Work Environments: Decision Making In Nursing »

Number of Pages: 6

6 pages in length. Nursing requires some of the most attentive, detailed and organized staff of all industries; to make even one error in judgment or application can cost a life. As such, decision-making ability is of utmost importance from the moment students step into a nursing program to the day of retirement ...

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Various Types of Nursing Roles »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page research paper that looks at various nursing roles. A pertinent question to nursing practice is what, specifically, should a patient expect from his/her nurse. This question can be examined from the standpoint of the scope of nursing practice for both registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners (NPs). ...

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A Nursing Continued Education Plan »

Number of Pages: 5

A 5 page discussion of the importance of continued education to the nursing professional. Targets the specific curriculum goals of critical thinking, computer literacy, information literacy, and nursing informatics as critical components of an Advanced Practical Nursing Degree and addresses the manner in which these components can be addressed. Also identifies a means ...

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Nursing Profession and the Applicability of Motivational Theories »

Number of Pages: 7

A 7 page discussion of the relevance of various motivational theories to nursing. Explores the theories of Albert Bandura, W. Edwards Deming,and Douglas McGregor, representing both the field of psychology and industry, in particular. Asserts that while some of these theories are directly applicable to nursing, other are not. Emphasizes that the ...

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