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NUR800 Week 5 Discussion 1
Ethical Issues Relevant to the Doctorally Prepared Nurse
Nurses encounter ethical issues every day in their practice. The high degree of public confidence only reinforces their responsibility to adhere to established ethical standards. As a DNP- or PhD-prepared nurse, it is especially important to be aware of the multitude of ethical issues that can affect nursing practice and research.
This week, you review ethical codes and standards for nursing practitioners and scholars, and you explore ethical challenges you may encounter in your chosen profession.
Learning Objectives
Students will:
Analyze key ethical issues relevant to the doctorally prepared nurse
Summarize required components of doctoral projects at Walden University
Learning Resources
Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.
Required Readings
Houser, J. (2018). Nursing research: Reading, using, and creating evidence (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
[For PhD students ONLY] Chapter 3, “Ethical and Legal Considerations in Research”
This chapter addresses ethical issues related to nursing research.
Campbell-Crofts, S., Field, J., & Fetherstonhaugh, D. (2013). Ethical considerations for nurses undertaking research with a potentially vulnerable population with chronic kidney disease. Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 9(2), 74-79.
Milton, C. (2010). Nursing ethics and power in position. Nursing Science Quarterly, 23(1), 18-21.
The author discusses what is meant by health care leaders judiciously and transparently addressing ethical challenges.
Suhonen, R., Stolt, M., & Leino-Kilpi, H. (2013). Older people in long-term care settings as research informants: Ethical challenges. Nursing Ethics, 20(5), 551-567. doi:10.1177/0969733012463722
Fouka, G., & Mantzorou, M. (2011). What are the major ethical issues in conducting research? Is there a conflict between the research ethics and the nature of nursing?. Health Science Journal, 5(1), 3-14.
[For PhD students ONLY] Peirce, A. G., & Smith, J. A. (2008). The ethics curriculum for Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. Journal of Professional Nursing, 24(5), 270-274.
Schrems, B. (2013). Mind the gaps in ethical regulations of nursing research. Nursing Ethics, 20(3), 336-347.
[For PhD students ONLY] University Office of Research Integrity and Compliance. (2010). Institutional Review Board for ethical standards in research. Retrieved from
White, E. (2012). Challenges that may arise when conducting real-life nursing research. Nurse Researcher, 19(4), 15-20.
[For PhD students ONLY] Required Media
Laureate Education (Producer). (2011a). Ethical issues relevant to the DNP [Video file]. Retrieved from
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 5 minutes.
In this media program, Dr. Joan Stanley discusses the importance of considering multiple perspectives when approaching ethical issues as part of a health care team. Dr. Linda Beechinor and Dr. Susan Stefan share ethical challenges they face as nurse leaders.
Accessible player
Optional Resources
Fairchild, R. M. (2010). Practical ethical theory for nurses responding to complexity in care. Nursing Ethics, 17(3), 353–362.
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.
Grimm, J. (2010). Effective leadership: Making the difference. JEN: Journal of Emergency Nursing, 36(1), 74–77.
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.
Discussion: Ethics
As referenced in Week 2, Discussion 2, nurses are perceived as having very high ethical standards (Gallup, 2013). Doctorally prepared nurses should be able to consider ethical issues from multiple viewpoints. In this week’s media presentation, the experts discuss ethical challenges encountered by nurses as they assume leadership positions and as they engage in research.
To prepare:
Reflect on ethical challenges that you have encountered in your nursing practice.
Think about the information the experts shared in this week’s media presentation, focusing on the ethical challenges they have encountered as nurse leaders or scientists, as well as information presented in other Learning Resources.
With this information in mind, consider what new ethical challenges you may face once you obtain your doctoral degree.
Post a cohesive response that addresses the following:
Describe two or more significant ethical issues relevant to the DNP- or PhD-prepared nurse.
Explain how these issues might compare to the types of issues you have already encountered in your practice.


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