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The nursing contribution to ethical decision making


Dinten-Schmid, Barbara; Stoffel, Liliane; Staudacher, Diana; McDougall, Jane; Baumann-Hölzle, Ruth; Spirig, Rebecca (2016). The nursing contribution to ethical decision making. International Practice Development Journal, 6(2):10.

Abstract

Background: In the neonatal care units of the University Hospitals of Zurich and Bern, the nurse´s role in ethical decision-making is well established. However, nurses often reported uncertainty with regard to introducing the premature infant’s situation from the nursing perspective in ethics rounds.
Aims: To empower neonatal nurses in fulfilling their role in the multiprofessional decision-making process, we performed a practice development project. On the basis of the Iowa model we developed a checklist for presenting the nursing history of premature infants in an ethically competent and responsible way.
Conclusions: The ‘checklist for nursing assessment in the context of ethical decision-making’, equips nurses for their professional contribution to ethics rounds, making them better prepared to present the nursing perspective in a structured and thorough manner.
Implications for practice:
* The Iowa model supports practice development even with limited data availability
* The instrument invigorates the neonatal nurse´s role in the multiprofessional ethical decision-making process
* It is crucial to involve peers in practice development

Abstract

Background: In the neonatal care units of the University Hospitals of Zurich and Bern, the nurse´s role in ethical decision-making is well established. However, nurses often reported uncertainty with regard to introducing the premature infant’s situation from the nursing perspective in ethics rounds.
Aims: To empower neonatal nurses in fulfilling their role in the multiprofessional decision-making process, we performed a practice development project. On the basis of the Iowa model we developed a checklist for presenting the nursing history of premature infants in an ethically competent and responsible way.
Conclusions: The ‘checklist for nursing assessment in the context of ethical decision-making’, equips nurses for their professional contribution to ethics rounds, making them better prepared to present the nursing perspective in a structured and thorough manner.
Implications for practice:
* The Iowa model supports practice development even with limited data availability
* The instrument invigorates the neonatal nurse´s role in the multiprofessional ethical decision-making process
* It is crucial to involve peers in practice development

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neonatology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:08 Dec 2016 15:25
Last Modified:02 Feb 2018 10:57
Publisher:Foundation of Nursing Studies
ISSN:2046-9292
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.62.010

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