Ethicists can step in. It’s not uncommon for nursing staff to report moral distress after administering palliative sedation to a patient who dies shortly afterward. With comments from our Cynda Rushton

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Q & A with Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award Winner Carlton Haywood Jr about his intervention designed to improve healthcare provider attitudes and beliefs about patients with sickle cell disease

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“Nurses, like everyone else, have personal values,” adds Cynda Rushton, a Johns Hopkins professor of bioethics with appointments in the School of Nursing and the Berman Institute. “And sometimes those values are in conflict with what their patient may be asking them to do or participate in. Nurses have to find a way to reconcile their own moral values with the obligations of their profession.”

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Returning from the Ebola zone, Lindsey Hallen worried that she would be swallowed by the petty concerns of her life as a nurse in New York City. “I didn’t want to forget,” Ms. Hallen said last week

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Continuing with what the ANA has designated as the “Year of Ethics”, this year’s them for National Nurses Week is “Ethical Practice, Quality Care”

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Patricia Davidson, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, said,”In Wall Street or Silicon Valley people can dismiss it because it’s a culture that’s not known to be accommodating – a male-dominated work environment where it’s stacked against them – but when you see this inequity in nursing it speaks to a larger problem.”

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Medical technology can make patient care better and more precise. But the gadgets and computers can cause trouble, too. One big problem is that most of the devices can’t communicate with one another

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“I feel so down,” she texted from her hospital bed. “I’m sick of these deadbeats. I’m sick of having to be so strong.” The message went not to a friend or family member, but to a nurse, Beth Pletz. Ms. Pletz has counseled Ms. Corley at her home through the Nurse-Family Partnership, which helps poor, first-time mothers learn to be parents

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