Ethical Decision Making
online discussion topic:Several decision-making models have been introduced – which one(s) are you finding to be most useful or ‘a good fit’ for you?
Self reflection:In your current practice, have you seen evidence that nursing is involved in ethical discussions? Are there steps you can take to increase the involvement of nurses?
each part must contain no more than 150 words
Module 4: Ethical Decision Making
As a nurse, your input into ethical decision-making can make a difference for the patient and/or the circumstances under consideration. It is, therefore, your responsibility to adequately prepare yourself to provide that input.
– Everyday Ethics, CNA, 2004
An ethical decision-making model or framework can assist you and your team in coming to the best decision. Frameworks guide you through the decision-making process where values are clarified, legal guidelines are articulated and patient needs/desires/values are central.
Recognizing the value in using a framework to guide decision-making
Beginning to experience the ‘fit’ or ‘feel’ of various decision-making models
Keatings, M. & Smith, O. (2010). Ethics resources for nurses. In M. Keatings, and O. Smith (3rd Eds.), Ethical and legal issues in Canadian nursing. Toronto, ON: Elsevier.
Please review the following:
“CNO (2009). Practice Standard: Ethics” at:
Canadian Nurses Association. (2008). Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses at”
Presentation 1: Ethical Decision Making
Watch the presentation in PDF format.
As you read make note of the following:
What are the steps of each of the ethical decision-making models?
Note the CNO and CNA documents have different models and your text introduces a third.
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