Priority ethical issues in oncology nursing: current approaches and future directions.

M. Ersek, C. Scanlon, E. Glass, B. R. Ferrell, R. Steeves

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PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To describe ethical issues determined to be highly important to oncology nurses and to discuss strategies by which the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) can address these priority concerns. DATA SOURCES: Survey on oncology nurses regarding ethical issues; nursing literature. DATA SYNTHESIS: Nine priority ethical issues of oncology nurses are identified. Past, current, and future ONS activities that address these priority issues are discussed. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: ONS must support activities to increase the knowledge, confidence, and involvement of oncology nurses in discussions and decision making related to the ethical issues. CONCLUSIONS: The top three priority ethical issues for oncology nurses are assisted suicide, end-of-life decisions, and pain management. Efforts should be made to increase ethics expertise among the ONS membership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)803-807
Number of pages5
JournalOncology nursing forum
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)


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