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Ethics Final Paper Instructions and Rubric

Choose a topic of an ethical issue that is of interest to you that is relevant to nurses/nursing practice.  Ideally, you will choose a topic in which you do not have great deal of knowledge or pre-conceived ideas. This topic will also be relevant to nursing practice.  Journals and articles other than those in the nursing profession may be considered. This assignment is a formally written paper in APA format, 7th edition. A minimum of three professional references is required (from 2016 to 2021). You may use internet sites and articles, but they will not be counted as a professional citation. Only a Word document that can be edited will be accepted.

  • The term “ethical dilemma” refers to a situation where choices need to be made, the answers may not be clear, the options are not ideal and there may be active barriers to a reasonable solution.
  • The topic is objectively defined and described.  As nurses we have a duty to our patients to advocate for them.  At the same time, we must keep ourselves out of the situation.  This section must address the topic with objectivity and facts.
  • Write in the third person until you are to provide your personal professional response.
  • At least three professional nursing journal articles should be cited to substantiate the facts that are relevant to the topic.
  • The paper introduction should be submitted in APA style (7th edition). Please familiarize yourself with APA and how to cite references.
  • The final paper should be 6 ½ to 7 ½   pages (double-spaced 12-pt. Times New Roman font).

Use the following as Level One Headings for your paper:

  • Introduction
  • Identification and Discussion of the Ethical Dimensions
  • Relevance of the Ethical Issue to Nursing
  • Analysis of Relevant Ethical Principles, Theories, Laws, and Standards of Practice
  • Personal Professional Response to the Issue
  • Conclusion

For example:



Identification and Discussion of Ethical Dimensions

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