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Ethics case study: ‘Just watch them die…’

According to the Associated Press, a Brookdale Senior Residence facility* worker who identified herself as a nurse, refused to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to...

Viewpoint: Nurse’s refusal to force feed Gitmo prisoners triggers debate

Few Americans know that a U.S. Navy nurse may lose his 18-year career because he decided he could no longer in good conscience continue...

Science: A universal source of ethics?

“It really doesn’t matter whether you are Muslim or Christian or Jew. In every religion, in every country, in every region at every time,...

When good people make hard choices…*

Leah Curtin discusses the difficulty of making choices in health care and includes a challenging situation she experienced as a student.

Documentation: You’ve got a lot to lose

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, fraud is “the intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person with the knowledge that...

Managing our fears to improve patient safety

Leaders must develop a structured process for team learning and communication.

Advocacy: A modest proposal

Nurses are with patients during some of the most important moments in their lives.

Avoiding copyright violations in educational presentations

What you don’t know about copyright can get you into legal jeopardy.

Medication name change proposed

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has proposed changing the name of hydromorphone to reduce medication errors caused by confusion with morphine. Read more about...

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? Editor’s note: The information below was provided by United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). It may be freely reproduced and distributed, for...

Problems with Privacy

Leah Curtin discusses how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been misinterpreted to the detriment of patients.

Our Readers Respond

How do we get into morally questionable situations? I love this article. As a current student in the nursing program, I find it incredibly important...

On the CUSP: How to implement a comprehensive unit-based safety program

This five-step program empowers staff to change unit culture and improve patient safety.