Background and Instructions
In this assignment, you will present an ethical analysis, based upon your course readings and other sources of scholarly evidence, of an issue that demonstrates your ability to understand the ethical and leadership complexities that exist for nursing leaders in a health care setting.
You will describe a situation you might face as a nurse leader and analyze its ethical implications. While you are free to choose the situation you will analyze, the following are examples of situations appropriate for this assignment:
A hospital leaves it up to individual nurses to initiate palliative care decisions.
An increase in hostility and horizontal violence among staff.
ER staff is experiencing moral distress related to administrative decisions involving staffing levels and experience.
Hospital management is urging nursing staff to be more proactive in encouraging the use of advance directives.
For this assignment, construct a scholarly paper in which you:
Describe the situation you will address.
Analyze the ethical challenge presented by this situation.
Analyze implications for patient outcomes and safety.
Analyze the stakeholders that have an interest in this issue and discuss each stakeholder’s frame of reference. Be aware of the politics or sociodynamics of diverse groups with their own sets of needs and agendas.
Analyze other theories and models from biopsychosocial, public health, and other disciplines other than nursing to address the ethical question.
Review the literature for sources that can help illuminate this issue for you, and incorporate these insights into your analysis. Cite at least five sources, current within the last 5 years.
Be sure to write clearly, accurately, and professionally, incorporating sources appropriately according to current APA style guidelines.
The numbered items below correspond to the grading criteria in this assignment’s scoring guide. The sub-bullets are there as a guide for how you can work to ensure that you meet each scoring guide criterion.
Analyze the ethical challenges presented by the selected situation (Competency 3).
Describe how you would apply and integrate external ethical standards to your own decision making as you contemplate your strategy.
Clarify personal and professional values and belied that impact decision making and professional behaviors.
Analyze implications for patient outcomes and safety in the selected situation (Competency 3).
Discuss ethical issues related to access to care allocation of resources, and global inequity in health care.
Analyze the implications of ethical issues for patient outcomes and safety.
Analyze how ethical perspectives are developed and integrated into nursing practice.
Apply leadership skills to facilitate and foster group consensus to promote optimal care outcomes.
Apply scientific findings from biopsychosocial and public health science to nursing practice. (Competency 1).
Determine theories and models most applicable to current nursing practice.
Understand the translation of evidence into practice.
Explain how theoretical perspectives may influence health care for diverse populations.
Explore major theories and frameworks for translating research into clinical practice.
Explain how scientific findings from other disciplines can be integrated into nursing practice. (Competency 1).
Examine the connection of models, theories, and research from alternative disciplines.
Articulate the importance of linking theory, research, and practice.
Apply theoretical frameworks to clinical application.
Write following APA style for in-text citations, quotes, and references.
Determine the proper application of APA formatting requirements and scholarly writing standards.
Apply the principles of effective composition.
Write clearly and logically with correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
Determine the proper application of the rules of grammar and mechanics.
Assess the relevance and credibility of information sources.
Your assignment should meet the following requirements:
Written communication: Effectively integrate research into your submission, with correct format, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Ensure submission is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
Length of paper: Your ethical analysis must be 3–5 pages long, double spaced, excluding the cover page and references.
References: Include at least five scholarly sources to support your opinions and ideas with correct in-text citations, and a reference list.
Formatting: Format resources and citations according to current APA style and formatting guidelines.
Write in third person.
Include cover page, introduction, body, conclusion, and reference page.
Use APA level 1, 2, and 3 headings as needed.
Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.