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Ethics Paper

Directions

Select an ethical issue or dilemma

There are many ethical issues related to healthcare environments. Some of the ethical issues that occur in healthcare today are issues related to informed consent, organ donation, end-of- life care, truth-telling, palliative care, narcotic abuse, cultural care, spiritual care, privacy, and pain management. There are more! Select an ethical issue that has occurred in your current work setting or one where you previously have worked.  

Literature search

Visit the APUS library. Conduct a literature search and find articles that pertain to the ethical issue/dilemma that you selected. Make sure your articles are scholarly and current. Sources must be within 3-5 years, of the current year, three years or less is preferred. Look for peer-reviewed articles/sources.  You may also find additional references on the ANA website, or other professional websites. Six scholarly references are required.

Paper structure

  • Six-seven pages in length, not including the title page and reference sheet.
  • APA format
    • Make the title page and reference sheet per APA format
    • The running head and page numbers correctly formatted
    • Double-spaced with 1-inch borders. Times New Roman Font 12 typeface is required.
    • The paper needs to meet the standards of professional writing in nursing, including accurate grammar, spelling, punctuation, and syntax. It must be in APA format.
  • There should be a minimum of six references. Three references must include the following:
    • The American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses, 2015,
    • The Kearney-Nunnery Advancing Your Career Textbook, and
    • The Park, Integrated Ethical Decision-making Model, 2012 article attached to this assignment.
  • Use headers in your paper per APA format ( See template for paper organization and headers)

Inclusions (see rubric for more details)

  • Introduction
    • An overview of ethical issue/dilemma that occur in the profession and what will be discussed in your paper
  • Describe one ethical issue/dilemma that happened in your workplace. Describe the ethical principles, e.g., beneficence, nonmaleficence, veracity, autonomy, justice,  privacy, confidentiality, and fidelity that were not upheld. Identify and explain the Provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses that were breached, providing rationale for it being an ethical issue.
  • Use the ethical decision-making model in the attached article to analyze the issue. Work through each step of the ethical decision-making model in detail to analyze the issue.
  • Analyze how the ethical issue affected the patients/families and healthcare workers. Include a description of the varying viewpoints based on values, beliefs, and culture about the issue, and how you view the issue. Relate your personal ethical lens to your view.
  • Describe how you think the issue should have been, or should be handled? Provide rationale.  Make recommendations of how this issue can best be addressed in the future.
  • Conclusion

Ethical Decision-making Model

The article entitled, “An Integrated Ethical Decision-making Model for Nurses” is attached below.  Use the six steps of the model to analyze and guide your decision-making about the ethical issue that occurred in your workplace. Be sure to write about each step in your paper.

Use the Ethics Paper Template below to set up your paper.

See attachments below

 

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Running head: ETHICS PAPER

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ETHICS PAPER


Ethics Paper

Author’s Name

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Ethics Paper (Title of Your Paper)

Write an introduction, one to two paragraphs (not longer than one page), stating the major points of the paper. See APA 2.05 (p. 27) for guidance. The introduction should identify the a few ethical issues that are prevalent in healthcare that you found in the literature. Write one or two sentences explaining each issue. Introduce the ethical issue that has occurred in your work area. Write one or two sentences that explains this issue. Introduce the ethical decision-making model that will serve as the basis for this discussion of the ethical issue in your work setting. Don’t forget to cite appropriately.

Ethical Issue in Workplace

Discuss the actual ethical issue that has occurred in your work setting. Provide sufficient background so the issue is clear. Support the fact that this is an ethical issue, with references from your research. Use the ethical principles and the code of ethics to explain the rationale for it being an ethical issue. Limit this section to two to four paragraphs (one page).

Ethical Decision-Making Model

Discuss the decision-making model that you were provided in the directions for this assignment. Use this model to analyze your own ethical issue. Work through each step of the ethical decision-making model in detail, to analyze the ethical issue. Limit this section to two pages.

How Patients, Families, and Healthcare Workers are affected by the Issue

Describe how the ethical issue in your work place, affected the patient, family, and the healthcare workers who were involved in the issue. Include a description of the varying viewpoints based on values, beliefs and culture about the issue. Discuss how you view this issue. Relate your personal ethical lens to your view. Describe how you think the issue should have been handled. Provide a rationale for your answer. Make recommendations regarding how this issue can best be addressed in the future. Support your recommendations with findings from the literature. This is the only section that can be written in the first person. All other areas of the paper should be written in third person. This section should be no longer than one page.

Conclusion

The conclusion should be a summary of all of the main points in the paper. The conclusion should be one paragraph in length. Your paper is to be 6 pages in length, not including the title page and reference sheet. The running head and page numbers must be done correctly. It is to be double-spaced, and be written with Times New Roman, 12 font, and 1 inch borders. The paper needs to meet the standards of professional writing in nursing, including accurate grammar, spelling, and syntax. It must be in APA format. Please review the grading rubric for additional information.

References

Hawkins, S. F. & Morse, J. (2014). The praxis of courage as a foundation for care. Journal ofNursing Scholarship, 46(4), 263-270, doi10.1111/jnu.12077

Keele, R. (2011). Nursing research and evidence-based practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning

(Examples of correct format for an article and a book)

Ethics Paper Rubric



Beginning

Developing

Accomplished

Exemplary

Score

Ethical Issue in the workplace (30%)

Describes an ethical issue that has occurred in the workplace and the impact on patient/families and healthcare workers

Analyzes ethical issue using ethical principles.

Discusses Provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses, 2015 that were not upheld for this issue.

Does not identify an ethical issue that has occurred in the workplace.

Does not relate/minimally relates ethical principles to ethical issue.

AND/OR

No discussion of Code of Ethics for Nurses.

0-20 points

Describesan ethical issue that has occurred in the workplace.

Minimal analysis /minimal discussion of ethical principles.

No discussion of Code of Ethics for Nurses.

21-23 points

Describes an ethical issue that has occurred in the workplace.

Analyzes of ethical issue using 2ethical principles.

States a specific area of Code of Ethics for Nurses, 2015 that was not upheld for this issue.

24-27 points

Thoroughly describesan ethical issue that has occurred in the workplace.

Analyzes ethical issue using 3

or moreethical principles.

Discusses Provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses, 2015 that were not upheld for this issue.

28-30 points

Applies the Ethical Decision-making Model (25%) Use an ethical decision-making model to analyze the issue.  Makes recommendations of how this issue can best be addressed in the future.

Does not use the Integrated ethical-decision making toolto analyze the issue.

Provides an incomplete analysis of the issue.

Recommendation is brief, unclear, or does not represent an appropriate way to address the issue,

OR

no recommendation is present.

0-17 points

Refers to the Integrated Ethical

Decision-making model to analyze the issue.

Misses analysis of some steps of the ethical decision-making model. No discussion provided.

Makes 2 recommendations of how this issue can best be addressed in the future.

18-19 points

Uses each step of the Integrated Ethical Decision-making model to analyze the issue with limited discussion of application to the issue.

Provides 2 substantive recommendations of how this issue can best be addressed in the future.

20-21 points

Writes each step and explicitly

uses each step of the Integrated Ethical decision- making modelto thoroughly analyze the issue.

Makes 3 substantive recommendations of how this issue can best be addressed and resolved in the future with rationale.

23-25 points

Varying Points of View of Issue and Personal View (20%)

Discusses varying viewpoints about ethical issues in the workplace. Include their values, beliefs and culture that affect their views.

Discusses personal view of the issue and relates it to your PersonalEthical lens.

Does not identify or minimally identifies

varying viewpoints about the issue.

OR

Minimal/no description of the impact of ethical issue on patient/families, and healthcare workers.

Does not discuss personal view or relate issue to the Personal Ethical Lens.

0-11 points

Identifies varying viewpoints about the issue, and the impact on patient/families and healthcare workers.

AND

Identifies personal view of the issue but does not relate to the PersonalEthical Lens.

12-15 points

Discusses varying viewpoints about theissue, and the impact on patient/families and healthcare workers

AND

Discussespersonal view of the issue and how it relates tothePersonalEthical Lens.

16-17 points

Thoroughly discusses varying viewpoints about issue, and the impact on patient/families and healthcare workers.

Include the values, beliefs and culture that affect the varying viewpoints.

AND

Discusses personal view of the issue and relates it to PersonalEthical Lens.

18-20 points

Writing quality (10%)

Communicates through writing that is concise, clear and logically organized

Writes in complete sentences.

No grammar, spelling, punctuation or syntax errors.

Does not exceed the page limit.

More than 3errors of any type.

Exceeds page limit by 2 pages or more.

0-6 points

3 errors of any type.

Exceeds page limit

by 1 page.

7 points

No more than 2errors of any type.

Does not exceed the page limit.

8 points

No grammar, spelling, punctuation or syntax errors.

Writes logically in complete sentences.

Does not exceed the page limit.

9-10 points

APA format

(10%)

Correctly uses APA format in writing and citations.

There are 5 or more APA format errors in the text, title page, in-text citations or reference page(s).

Does not follow or partially follows template pattern.

0-6 points

There are 3 -4 format errors in thetext, title page, in-text citations or reference page(s).

Followstemplate pattern.

7 points

There are 1-2 APA format errors in the text, title page, in-text citations or reference page(s).

Follows template pattern.

8 points

Text, title page, reference page(s), and in-text citations are consistent with APA format.

Follows template pattern.

9-10 points

Total

100 points

Total Points Earned and Comments

10/24/16

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