Recognizing Ethical Issues Experienced by Maternal Nurses and Their Need for Ethics Education

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/603076
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Recognizing Ethical Issues Experienced by Maternal Nurses and Their Need for Ethics Education
Other Titles:
Maternal-Child Health: Research Into Practice [Session]
Author(s):
Taylor, Gayle
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Epsilon Pi
Author Details:
Gayle Taylor, RNC, CNL, CCE, tgtaylor@valdosta.edu
Abstract:
Session presented on Tuesday, November 10, 2015: Ethical issues, experienced daily by maternal nurses, can be uniquely specific and may involve the inadequacy of workplace resources to help resolve human rights issues.  Recognizing patients’ rights and respecting human dignity should be a universal belief held by all nurses, but the need for ethics education for maternal nurses may include specific issues not found in other areas of nursing.   Issues recognized as important for maternal nurses are; substance abuse during pregnancy, impaired neonates and their rights, cultural belief practices concerning neonatal resuscitation, a lack of proper ethics education for the nursing staff, and religious beliefs.  Issues critical to maternal patients are; abortion rights, the right to life of the fetus, a woman’s right to control her own body, and choosing to carry a pregnancy to full term.  Even experienced maternal nurses continue to be perplexed by ethical questions.  Should a court order be obtained to force pregnant women to comply with healthcare policies?  Should women who abuse drugs while pregnant be legally charged with abusing the fetus?   When presented with a pregnant woman in a critical state of health, who has the primary right to life, the woman or her baby?  A study conducted by Boston College demonstrated that maternal nurses are bombarded with ethical situations on a daily basis for which they are not educationally prepared.  Learning to deal with ethical issues can prove to be of primary importance for these nurses.  Heinz R. Pagels (1988) stated “Science cannot resolve moral conflicts, but it can help to more accurately frame the debates around those conflicts”.  Nurses have a right to receive ethics education, and more importantly, that education needs to contain universal knowledge as well as specific workplace resources.
Keywords:
Maternal Nursing; Ethics Education; Moral Conflicts for Nurses
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15G24
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleRecognizing Ethical Issues Experienced by Maternal Nurses and Their Need for Ethics Educationen
dc.title.alternativeMaternal-Child Health: Research Into Practice [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Gayleen
dc.contributor.departmentEpsilon Pien
dc.author.detailsGayle Taylor, RNC, CNL, CCE, tgtaylor@valdosta.eduen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/603076en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Tuesday, November 10, 2015: Ethical issues, experienced daily by maternal nurses, can be uniquely specific and may involve the inadequacy of workplace resources to help resolve human rights issues.  Recognizing patients’ rights and respecting human dignity should be a universal belief held by all nurses, but the need for ethics education for maternal nurses may include specific issues not found in other areas of nursing.   Issues recognized as important for maternal nurses are; substance abuse during pregnancy, impaired neonates and their rights, cultural belief practices concerning neonatal resuscitation, a lack of proper ethics education for the nursing staff, and religious beliefs.  Issues critical to maternal patients are; abortion rights, the right to life of the fetus, a woman’s right to control her own body, and choosing to carry a pregnancy to full term.  Even experienced maternal nurses continue to be perplexed by ethical questions.  Should a court order be obtained to force pregnant women to comply with healthcare policies?  Should women who abuse drugs while pregnant be legally charged with abusing the fetus?   When presented with a pregnant woman in a critical state of health, who has the primary right to life, the woman or her baby?  A study conducted by Boston College demonstrated that maternal nurses are bombarded with ethical situations on a daily basis for which they are not educationally prepared.  Learning to deal with ethical issues can prove to be of primary importance for these nurses.  Heinz R. Pagels (1988) stated “Science cannot resolve moral conflicts, but it can help to more accurately frame the debates around those conflicts”.  Nurses have a right to receive ethics education, and more importantly, that education needs to contain universal knowledge as well as specific workplace resources.en
dc.subjectMaternal Nursingen
dc.subjectEthics Educationen
dc.subjectMoral Conflicts for Nursesen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:42:48Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:42:48Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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