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ethics

 [eth´iks]
1. a branch of philosophy dealing with values pertaining to human conduct, considering the rightness and wrongness of actions and the goodness or badness of the motives and ends of such actions.
2. systematic rules or principles governing right conduct. Each practitioner, upon entering a profession, is invested with the responsibility to adhere to the standards of ethical practice and conduct set by the profession. adj., adj eth´ical.
applied ethics practical ethics.
descriptive ethics a type of nonnormative ethics that simply reports what people believe, how they reason, and how they act.
medical ethics the values and guidelines governing decisions in medical practice.
nonnormative ethics ethics whose objective is to establish what factually or conceptually is the case, not what ethically ought to be the case. Two types are descriptive ethics and metaethics.
normative ethics an approach to ethics that works from standards of right or good action. There are three types of normative theories: virtue theories, deontological theories, and teleological theories.
nursing ethics the values and ethical principles governing nursing practice, conduct, and relationships. The Code for Nurses, adopted by the American Nurses' Association (ANA) in 1950 and revised periodically, is intended to provide definite standards of practice and conduct that are essential to the ethical discharge of the nurse's responsibility. Further information on the Code, interpretative statements that clarify it, and guidance in implementing it in specific situations can be obtained from committees and councils on nursing practice of State Nurses' Associations or from the ANA Nursing Practice Department.
practical ethics the attempt to work out the implications of general theories for specific forms of conduct and moral judgment; formerly called applied ethics.
professional ethics the ethical norms, values, and principles that guide a profession and the ethics of decisions made within the profession.

nursing ethics

Etymology: L, nutrix, nurse; Gk, ethikos, character
the values or moral principles governing relationships between the nurse and patient, the patient's family, other members of the health professions, and the general public. See also Code for Nurses.

nursing ethics

A system of principles governing the conduct of a nurse. Nursing ethics deals with the relationship of a nurse to the patient, the patient's family, associates and fellow nurses, and society at large.
See: Nightingale Pledge
See also: ethics
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1998, 'Challenges to nursing values in a changing nursing environment', Nursing Ethics 5(3), 236-245.
The notion that nursing ethics is a subset of bioethics would not be a view held by all nurses and much has been written about efforts to develop a theory of nursing ethics in which care--based on the values of concern, compassion and empathy--is the ontological substance.
This book is written in easily readable language and, although targeted to an advanced-level audience, will benefit any nurse interested in nursing ethics since it focuses on both the everyday and the life-and-death moral situations that nurses experience in all levels and areas of practice.
They include the role of the nurse as a moral agent, impediments to the ethical practice of nursing, ethical issues for nurses in various settings, including acute care, home care, long term care, and psychiatric care, development of an ethics of caring as opposed to principlism, exploring philosophical foundations of nursing ethics, and the place of feminist theory and ethics in the development of nursing ethics.
Bandman EL, Bandman B: Nursing Ethics Through the Life Span, 3rd ed.
Sherwin devotes a chapter to the subject, and the several pieces in Holmes/Purdy on nursing ethics touch on related questions.
The heritage of nursing ethics has been well documented since the 1800s.
Topics will include nursing ethics, entrepreneurial nursing, and current legislation that could impact our profession and health care in Tennessee.
24-26 The 2011 National Nursing Ethics Conference, "Advocacy: Making a Difference for Patients," sponsored by the American Nurses Association, in Los Angeles, CA; https://ethics2011.
This is and should be the basic rule of professional nursing ethics and integrity, the basic rule of public responsibility.
Indeed, such intertwining is a distinguishing feature of nursing ethics in general.
He said there was a general rule in nursing ethics that nurses should not receive gifts from their patients.

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