Nurses wrestle with ethical questions about workplace, patient care

09/13/2013 |

Nurses commonly face ethical issues related to the workplace, to end-of-life and palliative care, and to the use of genomics in health care, ANA has found based on the questions it receives from members. "There is such a moral burden to witnessing the suffering of patients and trying to balance the suffering versus the benefit, and the complexity of decisions that can be made in the acute-care setting," nurse ethicist Mary Walton said. Resources such as continuing education, mentorships and ethics committees can be important sources of support, experts said.

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