Ethics Column: "Ethical Grounding for Entry into Practice: Respect, Collaboration, and Accountability"
Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.
Silva, M. and Ludwick, R. (August 30, 2002).
"Moral questions are raised that must be answered . . . because the status quo in nursing practice, licensure, and education is morally unacceptable" (Hess, 1996, p. 289).....
The authors ask:
Should the shortage be used as rationale to jump start diploma programs that have in the last 20 years taken a back seat to ADN and BSN programs?
Can we ethically justify to society and to ourselves three educational routes with differing costs and time frames for completion and then "use" those nurses interchangeably and expect the same level of service provision?
To be accountable as individuals and as a profession, do we not need to resolve this issue in a more timely fashion than the past 35 years?"
Let the debate begin and consensus reign.