April 2009, Volume 39 Number 4 , p 15 - 16
Salladay, Susan A. RN, PhD
Issue: Volume 39(4), April 2009, p 15–16 Publication Type: [Department: upFront] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Susan A. Salladay is a professor at the Cedarville University School of Nursing in Cedarville, Ohio. Address your questions to: Ethical Problems, Nursing2009 , 323 Norristown Rd., Suite 200, Ambler, PA 19002-2758 or e-mail to PE-Nursing@wolterskluwer.com. Type “Ethical problem” in the subject line. EVERYDAY ETHICS Ask the experts
What are the ethical implications if nurses skip a small step in a procedure, or do it inconsistently, in order to save time? For example, nurses who are in a hurry sometimes skip hand hygiene after removing their gloves. We don't want to put our patients at risk, but we have a lot to do and are under the gun to save time where possible. What do you think? —J.D., CALIF.
Nurses' ethical issues aren't always “headline news.” Many of them have to do with basic, everyday choices: ...