Week 3 Discussion: Ethical theories and principles

Week 3 Discussion: Ethical theories and principles

Week 3 Discussion: Ethical theories and principles

Describe the ethical theories and principles influencing healthcare decisions.

As a member of the Nursing Ethics committee in your organization you have been asked to create a poster presentation for the nursing staff breakroom for display during the upcoming Nurses’ Week. You look forward to this opportunity to share your passion for ethics in a creative way. The poster presentation should feature ethical principles, theories, and standards that guide ethical nursing practice pertaining to a current real world controversial healthcare situation in your workplace or current news.

Include the following detail in your poster presentation:

Summarize the controversial healthcare situation chosen from your workplace or current news.
Explain five ethical principles associated with the controversial healthcare situation.
Compare and contrast two theoretical frameworks as they relate to the controversial healthcare situation.
Explain how five of the nine provisions of the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses relate to and could impact the healthcare decisions made by nurses or clients in healthcare decisions that pertain to the controversial healthcare situation.
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You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

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