Does Ethics Education Influence the Moral Action of Practicing Nurses and Social Workers?

TitleDoes Ethics Education Influence the Moral Action of Practicing Nurses and Social Workers?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGrady, C, Danis, M, Soeken, KL, O'Donnell, P, Taylor, C, Farrar, A, Ulrich, CM
JournalAmerican Journal of Bioethics
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsaction , BIOETHICS , consultation , education , ethics , Evaluation and Assessment , MEDICINE , Moral , NURSING , service , SOCIAL , Social Work
AbstractThis study focused on how ethics education and training, as well as ethics resources influenced nurses and social workers' confidence in the moral decisions they made in their professional work. The researchers found that individuals with both professional ethics education and in-service or continuing education were more confident in their moral judgments and more likely to use ethics resources and to take moral action. The survey also showed that social workers had more overall education, more ethics education, and higher confidence and moral action scores, as compared to nurses. The researchers conclude that ethics education has positive influence on moral confidence, moral action, and use of ethics resources by nurses and social workers.
NotesGrady, Christine 1; Email Address: Danis, Marion 1 Soeken, Karen L. 2 O'Donnell, Patricia 3 Taylor, Carol 4 Farrar, Adrienne 5 Ulrich, Connie M. 6; Affiliation: 1: Department of Clinical Bioethics, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center 2: University of Maryland 3: Center for Ethics, Inova Health System 4: Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University 5: Department of Social Work, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center 6: University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Source Info: Apr2008, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p4; Subject Term: BIOETHICS; Subject Term: EDUCATION; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: NURSING; Subject Term: SOCIAL service; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics consultation; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics education; Author-Supplied Keyword: moral action; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611699 All Other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611710 Educational Support Services; NAICS/Industry Codes: 923110 Administration of Education Programs; NAICS/Industry Codes: 624190 Other Individual and Family Services; Number of Pages: 8p; Illustrations: 5 charts; Document Type: Article
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