Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Exploring Nursing Ethics

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Respect for human dignity, protecting patients’ health, advocating for patients' rights—these are just a few of the provisions in the nurse Code of Ethics. How does that Code of Ethics play out in the real world? What happens when a nurse’s ethics are challenged, and what structures are in place to help nurses care for patients in the ways they know they are supposed to? 

Those questions will be taken up at a three-day Nursing Ethics Summit that starts Wednesday at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. 

Joining Sheilah Kast in the studio to talk about some of these issues is Dr. Cynda Hylton Rushton, the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She is the organizer of the ethics summit. And on the line from her home in West Virginia is Laurie Badzek, a nurse attorney and a professor of nursing at West Virginia University.  

The Nursing Ethics Summit is invitation only, but there are ways the nursing community can be involved. You can follow the discussions on Twitter using #nursingethics.