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Using the Research Guide


This research guide will assist you in completing the assignments for your coursework. You will be exploring the foundations of ethical behavior as well as address how Christian faith molds nursing practice.  Topics in the course will include theological interpretation of nursing practice, an exploration of the metaparadigm of nursing (nurses, persons, health and environment) from a Christian perspective, and how Christian faith shapes nursing values. In particular, teh core values of care and justice are explored as they pertain to nursing of persons in psychiatric-mental health, community, acute care, pediatric, women's health, and end-of-life settings. The holistic perspective is emphasized throughout the course through attention tot he body-mind-spirit whole of persons.  In addition, respect and comfort in working with those whose perspectives (theological and otherwise) differ from ours is encouraged through exposure to Christian and secular readings. (DiRado)

Click on the tabs at the top of the guide to go to specific areas of research.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Joy Dlugosz

Code of Ethics for Nurses

Ethical Formations: Professional Boundaries and Moral Obligations for Nurses as specified by the Code:

  1. Clinical Practice Boundaries
  2. Respect patients' dignity
  3. Right to self-determination
  4. Delegating tasks appropriately
  5. Practicing good judgment
  6. Accepting accountability in practice
  7. Alleviating suffering
  8. Being attentive to patients' interests
  9. Working within the nurse practice acts and nursing standards of practice

Professional Practice Boundaries:

  1. Maintaining authenticity in all relationships with others, such as nurse-to-nurse relationships, nurse-physician relationships, nurse-to-patient relationships and multidisciplinary collaboration
  2. Addressing and evaluating issues of impaired practice, fraternizing inappropriately with patients or others; accepting inappropriate gifts from patients and families; confidentiality and privacy violations; and unhealthy, unsafe, illegal, or unethical environments

Self-Care and Self-Development Boundaries and Obligations:

  1. Participating in self-care activities to maintain and promote moral self-respect, professional growth and competence, wholeness of character in nurses' actions and in relationships with others, and preservation of integrity
  2. Advancing knowledge and research through professionalism, practice, education, and administrative contributions
  3. Collaborating with other healthcare professionals and the public to promote community, national and international efforts
  4. Promoting healthy practices in the community through political activism or professional organizations by addressing unsafe, unethical, or illegal health practices that have teh potential to harm the community

Butts, J. (2013). Nursing ethics: Across the curriculum and into practice. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

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