The Unique Role of the Ethical Nurse

From the Ethics series

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Overview

This Video Learning Activity explores the practical application of ethical principles to the everyday clinical environment by showing how nursing occupies a very distinctive ethical position, not just within the contemporary healthcare system, but within the broader culture of our society as a whole.

Topics include:

  • The problems of abstracted ethical theory
  • How nurses make practical use of ethics in healthcare
  • Narrative, and its importance in obtaining outcomes that are meaningful
  • Can nurses be replaced?

Target audience:

This VLA is relevant to nurses and midwives in all areas of professional practice as both the nursing and midwifery professions are committed to ethical decision-making in their practice.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the purpose of practical ethics and the ethical role of the nurse
  2. Identify the problems of ethical theory
  3. Explain the importance of a person’s narrative to ethical debate

Purpose

The purpose of this VLA is to review exactly how nursing has placed narrative at the centre of bioethical debate and in doing so has established an unparalleled framework of practical ethics that seeks to obtain outcomes that are genuinely meaningful to individuals in their care. Further, by examining how the profession achieves this, it will be shown how nursing occupies a very distinctive ethical position, not just within the contemporary healthcare system, but within the broader culture of our society as a whole.


Need

Over the past three decades, nursing has shifted its attitude regarding the purpose of ethics, and embraces the complexities of the individual through the development of a nationally endorsed Code of Ethics for Nurses. In doing so, nursing has established itself as unique in bridging the gap between theory and narrative. By applying ethical principles in a genuinely practical manner in everyday practice, nurses are now consistently obtaining outcomes that are meaningful in relation to the values and beliefs of those in their care. Understanding how this came about, and why it happens, is fundamental to understanding the role of nursing in contemporary society.

Nurses in Australia are required to obtain a minimum of 20 continuing professional development (CPD) hours each year that relates to their context of practice in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

Citation

Citing this Video Learning Activity

  1. Using Harvard referencing style:

    Wake, D 2018, 'The Unique Role of the Ethical Nurse', Ausmed Education, viewed (insert date), https://www.ausmed.com.au/learning-centre/the-unique-ethical-role-of-the-nurse-part-6-description

  2. Using American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition referencing style:

  3. Wake, D. (2018). The Unique Role of the Ethical Nurse [Video]. Retrieved from https://www.ausmed.com.au/learning-centre/the-unique-ethical-role-of-the-nurse-part-6-description