The ethical issues presentation will address an ethical issue associated with the practice of nursing. The issue selected for discussion should have clearly identifiable pros and cons that, when analyzed, will allow the student to form a defensible position related to the issue. Principles from identified codes of ethics should be examined in relation to the issue and position. The PowerPoint presentation should have from 12 to15 slides without counting reference and title pages
The student should address the following:
1. Define the scope of the ethical issue.
2. Examine the scope of the issue as it relates to nursing and principles identified in codes of ethics.
3. Identify at least 2 positions taken on this issue by scholarly experts in the ethics discipline.
4. Explore the future for the issue as it relates to nursing practice.
Grading Criteria for the Ethical Issue Essay:
Definition and scope of the ethical issue 20%
Scope of the issue related to the nursing profession 20%
Positions on the issue by scholarly experts 20%
Exploration of the future for the issue related to
healthcare and nursing practice 20%
Organization and presentation skills 20%
select one of these topics
Possible Topics for Ethical Issues Presentation
In vitro fertilization
Surrogate mothers Donor eggs for profit Selecting sex of offspring
Uses for extra embryos from in vitro fertilization Childbearing after menopause
Condom distribution in highs schools
Use of monies to fund abortion for the indigent Abortion without parental consent for adolescents Transplantation of fetal tissue
Mandatory HIV testing for all pregnant women
Child abuse charges for knowingly exposing fetus to harmful substances such as tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and environmental teratogens
Aggressive management of very premature, very low-birth weight babies
Blind testing newborns for HIV infections
Short hospital stay post-mastectomy or other radical surgery Prophylactic surgery as a means of preventing reproductive cancers
Hormone replacement therapy post-menopause Assisted suicide
End-of-life issues such as living wills, power of attorney, do-not- resuscitate orders
Stem cell research
Other topics as approved by faculty