This module discusses some of the key ethical issues and legal concerns in end-of-life/palliative care and resources to address these in practice.
- Ethical issues and dilemmas are inherent in care provided to patients and their families across the life span and facing the end of life.
- Professional codes and standards serve to facilitate resolution of ethical dilemmas.
- Nurses, individually and collectively, serve as advocates for ethical and legal practice at the end of life.
At the completion of this module, the participant will be able to:
- Define the ethical principles of autonomy, maleficence, beneficence, and justice
- Identify appropriate questions nurses can use to guide patient/family decision making discussions
- Apply the four-box method to an ethical situation