The Article: Hospital nursing and 30-day readmission among medicare patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, and pneumonia Big Idea: Generally a health work enivonrment, lower nure patient ratios and more educated nurses are expected to improve care. This paper looks at the evidence of how the hospital environment (workplace culture, patient-to-nurse-ratio, and proportion of [...]
As many nurses begin to learn about patient care and research the topic of ethics comes up, or at least it should. In this interview I sit down with Nancy Walton, a nurse that found her love for ethics while pursuing her graduate education. She was the Associate Director at Ryerson University in 2009 and is the chair of their Research Ethics board. As an ethicist and a nurse Nancy understand difficulties that both sides encounter when they met. That said she is passionate about helping nurses to understand and use ethical reason to solve situations that arise in patient care and to plan their research. Although her career track to tenure has the traditional list of publications and academic work she is also using more accessible methods of writing through her website Research Ethics. In this interview we talk about her work, the importance of ethics for nursing, how nurses can get more involved and learn more about ethics.
- Joint Centre for Bioethics
- Research Ethics Blog
- Nursing Ethics – Codes of Ethics
- College of Nurses – Practice Standard Ethics
- Nursing Ethics (wikipedia)
- Institutional Review Board (IRB) Blog
Dr Nancy Walton RN: What do you feel would help you to further engage with ethics? How can educators and ethicists make it more accessible?
Rob Fraser RN: Have you ever taken ethics training? How was ethics taught to you?