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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

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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All nursing lecturers who have been involved in teaching nursing ethics at this institution became potential participants.
They describe nursing ethics as being one part of bioethics, alongside 'medical ethics', 'psychological ethics' and 'environmental ethics'.
Lagerwey, "Nursing Ethics at Hadamar," Qualitative Health Research 9 (November, 1999): 759-792; and idem, "Nurses' Trial."
Donaghue v Stevenson 1932 AC 562 Edwards SD 1996 Nursing Ethics: a principle-based approach UK, Macmillan Press
Nursing ethics and professional responsibility in advanced practice.
(2000) Nursing Ethics. London: Churchill Livingstone.
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And, centrally, she engages in a penetrating examination of the "ethics of care," exposing a number of serious conceptual mistakes on the part of its proponents and criticizing ways in which it has been appropriated uncritically by many contemporary writers in nursing ethics.
** Determining Your Third Two-Year Licensing Period for the Nursing Jurisprudence and Nursing Ethics CNE Requirement
Practicing nurses can improve their ethical competence by attending local, regional or national conferences that have sessions that focus on nursing ethics. Improvement in ethical competence may also be achieved by enrolling in an online course, such as one that the ANA sponsors, The Code of Ethics: An Overview at:, and accessing a read-only copy of the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements at
The history of 'modern' nursing ethics in Western countries can be traced back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, where its inception and development paralleled the beginning and advancement of the new modern nursing profession credited with having progressed under the influence of the legendary reforms lead by British nurse Florence Nightingale (1820-1910).
A REGISTERED nurse (RN) who used a Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) fuel card to pay for petrol for her own car has been censured, fined $600 and ordered to undertake a course on nursing ethics.

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