Assignment;Ethical or legal in health profession

  1. Hi all. School research paper time again(oh how i missed it over break). I have a paper and power point to do.I can pick any topic that has legal or ethical ramifications in health field.I want to do somthing different and am having trouble coming up with original stuff.There are several in my class that have chosen;stem cell,increased pt loading, mandatory overtime. I know that these are important, but I want somthing that will teach not only my class but myself a new situation. Any suggestions? I have a month to do this paper and want to start very soon. Thanks for any input.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    How about male nurses looking after young female patients and the possibility or reality of being accused of inappropriate sexual contact? A few men on the board have said this is an issue for them
  4. by   renerian
    I will think on this and post later today.

    renerian
  5. by   USA987
    I did a paper on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis...chose the topic because I didn't know a lot about it. I found it to be fascinating.

    Good luck and let us know what you pick!
  6. by   oilerfan
    in third year we had to do a paper for our philospphy class on a few different topics. The topic I picked had both legal and ethical implications in the hospital setting. It was on the subject of 'futility' and whose decision, the healthcare team or the family, is it to make the decision to treat with no beneficial outcome. Areas to look at legal (does the healthcare team have to discuss possible treatment options with the family/patient, and who decides what is futile?) This is quite easy to research in journals, especially with premature babes and terminal illnesses, ie. witholding/withdrawing treatment.
    good luck.
  7. by   nursbee04
    Don't know if this will help, but I did a paper on euthanasia and physician assisted suicides once. I got a lot of info from the Hemlock Society and articles I found with Infotrac. Good luck!!
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    Might get some ideas from ANA's The Center for Ethics and Human Rights:

    http://www.ana.org/ethics/elinks.htm
  9. by   vaughanmk
    I have a similar paper due later this semester. I was thinking something along the lines of needle programs, allocation of scarce resources, or personl vs. social responsibilty for health care.
    I hope these help
  10. by   FullMoonMadness
    thank you to everyone who replied.Nurse Karen,you always have very interesting and educational links.I found several articles and am planning on reporting about "Dying a good death".thanks again
  11. by   nursenatalie
    Well, all nursing schools must follow similar studies. I am in my last semester and we are to do a research paper on legal/ethical problems. Some that were discussed in our class are:
    Euthanasia
    Families overruling Living Will
    Nursing strikes-Crossing the picket line
    Nursing strikes-pt abandonment?
    Drug diversion-what to do if you suspect a colleague?

    Good luck to you!!!!!!
  12. by   TNcanNURSE
    Assisted suicide/ euthanasia.
    I read a min-debate on it today in this month's issue Of nsg 2003
  13. by   renerian
    I read an article that disgusted me today but was necessary for me to fully understand the custom. Female genital mutilation in other countries.


    renerian

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