The Ethics of Caring


This independent study has been developed for nurses to better understand about ethical decision making including Ohio Nursing law and rules.


The nurse will apply their knowledge when dealing with ethical dilemmas in their nursing practice.


The author and planners have no conflict of interest.

1.86 contact hour of Category A (Law and Rules) will be awarded for successful completion of this independent study.

**Author’s Note:  The situations and ethical questions contained in this learning activity are presented only to make the reader think about potential ethical issues commonly found in today’s health care arena.  The views presented are not necessarily reflective of any position of the Ohio Nurses Association or the author.  Situations, points of view and questions are posed for the sake of argument and to assist the learner in assimilating the information contained within the learning activity.  This learning activity will not provide any answers, because in the area of ethics, especially healthcare ethics, there are no right answers, only more questions.  The goal of this learning activity is to provide the nurse with tools to help the patient ferret out the questions that hopefully assist the patient in voicing their opinion of what they want done with respect to their own lives and healthcare and to inform the nurse of the laws within which such decision must be made.

The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91).

Disclaimer: Information in this study is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal and/or medical advice or to be a comprehensive compendium of evidence-based practice. For specific implementation information, please contact an appropriate professional, organization, legal source, or facility policy.

Expires 6/2018

About the Author

R. Wynne Simpkins has been in nursing for 32 years, having worked as a nurse aide and an RN.  Wynne has worked in a variety of positions in both acute are and long term care.  Upon completion of her Master’s Degree in nursing at Wright State University in 1992, Wynne began as a staff member at the Ohio Board of Nursing and remained there for 10 years.  In 2003 Wynne began a new phase of her career as she became the Executive Director for the Licensed Practical Nurse Association of Ohio, Inc.  At present, Wynne works as an independent consultant, writing and presenting programs for continuing education.


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