Nurses wrestle with ethical questions about workplace, patient care

09/13/2013 | NurseZone.com

End-of-life and palliative care topics are among the ethical issues commonly faced by nurses, experts say. Nurses report that their challenges include seeing patients suffer unnecessarily and participating in interventions that may not improve outcomes. Nurses reported that at times patients and family are not fully told about treatment options and prognoses and that it can be difficult to ensure the wishes of patients are followed, according to Carol Pavlish, an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing.

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