Ethical Issues in Critical Care Nursing


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_____ care is when the patient is kept comfortable but no life saving measures are performed.

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1. Which of the following could be overridden by a patient's family, depending on the state?

2. Which ethical principle ensures that patients make their own choices about their care?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In critical care nursing, there are ethical issues that come up all of the time. Use the quiz and worksheet to check your knowledge of these issues as well as some medical terms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These topics are covered on the quiz:

  • Type of care in which the patient is kept comfortable but no life-saving measures are performed
  • An ethical principle that ensures procedures are done to get a good outcome
  • Ethical principle that ensures patients make their own choices about their care
  • A document that gives someone the right to make all medical decisions for a person
  • An element that can be overridden by the family depending on the state

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on ethics in critical care nursing
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about different ethical principles for patients and interpret them correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have acquired about a type of care in which patients don't receive any life-saving measures

Additional Learning

Use the accompanying lesson Ethical Issues in Critical Care Nursing to learn more about these issues. You can also cover these tasks quickly:

  • Determine what DNR stands for
  • Examine the components of critical care nursing
  • Learn what advanced directives are