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J Prof Nurs. 2008 Sep-Oct;24(5):270-4. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2007.06.008.

The ethics curriculum for doctor of nursing practice programs.

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Adelphi University, Garden City, NY 11530, USA. agp1@columbia.edu

Abstract

Ethical questions dealt with by nurses who have Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees include traditional bioethical questions, but also business and legal ethics. Doctorally prepared nurses are increasingly in positions to make ethical decisions rather than to respond to decisions made by others. The traditional master's-degree advanced practice nursing curriculum does not address the extended expertise and decision-making skills needed by DNP practitioners as they face these new types of ethical dilemmas. We propose that a curricular framework that addresses clinical, research, business, and legal ethics is needed by all DNP students.

PMID:
18804079
DOI:
10.1016/j.profnurs.2007.06.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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