Describe an ethical dilemma you encountered in your clinical setting

NR322 Pediatric Nursing

Guidelines for Ethical Dilemma Assignment
PURPOSE
For this assignment, you will examine ethical dilemmas that exist in pediatric acute care settings,
particularly those involving genetics/genomics issues. You will also explore the resources available to assist
patients, families, and healthcare professionals in solving these dilemmas and integrate the principles of the
ANA Code of Ethics.

COURSE OUTCOMES
This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes:
CO 1 Provides individualized comprehensive care for children and their families with multiple health
problems in institutions and community care settings from birth through adolescence. (PO 1)
CO 4 Utilizes critical thinking skills in clinical decision making in the care of pediatric clients. (PO 4)
CO 6 Utilizes legal, ethical, and professional standards and principles, including those related to child
abuse recognition and intervention, as a basis for pediatric clinical decision-making. (PO 6)

DUE DATE:

See course calendar. The college’s Late Assignment Policy applies to this activity.

REQUIREMENTS
1. Write a 2-3 page paper (not including the title page and reference page) using APA format.
2. Describe an ethical dilemma you encountered in your clinical setting. Example topics related to
genetics/genomics issues include, but are not limited to: genetic testing, diagnosis of a genetic disorder,
genetic counseling (or lack thereof), pharmacogenomics, lifelong surveillance, and recruiting individuals
for genetics research. Keep in mind to maintain the privacy of all members involved in the dilemma.
3. Identify all the relevant and applicable principles within the ANA Code of Ethics that relates to your
dilemma.
4. Describe in detail how your dilemma relates to the principle(s) you have identified.
5. Discuss the outcome of the dilemma to the best of your knowledge.
6. Discuss the resources within the clinical agency for dealing with such ethical dilemmas.
7. Utilize resources such as your textbook, journal articles, internet sites, etc. to aid in your discussion and
to support your perspective about the situations.
8. Complete the assignment using APA formatting. Include a reference page in APA format of sources
used. You must use at least two references in this assignment (one will be the ANA Code of Ethics).

NR322 Ethical Dilemma Assignment Guidelines.docx

Revised RC/slp 07/15/2013

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Chamberlain College of Nursing

NR322 Pediatric Nursing

DIRECTIONS AND GRADING CRITERIA FOR ETHICAL DILEMMA ASSIGNMENT
Assignment Criteria

Points

Description

Dilemma description

15

Describe the ethical dilemma, including how you became
aware of the situation and who was involved (family, health
care providers, etc…).

Identify the principle(s) from the
ANA Code of Ethics

10

Include all the ethical principles that are relevant and
applicable to the situation. Include a brief description of
each principle identified.

Relate principles from ANA Code
of Ethics to the dilemma

30

Describe how the ANA Code of Ethics principles relate to
the dilemma. Provide specific examples from the situation
to demonstrate this relationship.
Utilize resources such as your textbook, journal articles,
professional internet sites, etc. to aid in your discussion and
to support your perspective about the situations
Must have at least 2 references, one being the ANA Code of
Ethics and one journal article from a primary source.

Discuss the outcome of the
dilemma

15

How did the situation develop over the time frame you
were caring for the patient? What outcome was hoped for,
if no resolution occurred during that time frame?

Identify the resources at the
clinical agency to assist dealing
with ethical dilemmas

20

What resources are available? Which were being used and
for what reason(s)? In your opinion, were any other
resources available, but not being used and should have
been used in this situation? Provide rationales for your
opinions. Support with literature (highly recommended).

Writing Style, APA format,
Grammar/Spelling/Mechanics

10

Proper APA format, grammar, mechanics, and spelling

Total

100

NR322 Ethical Dilemma Assignment Guidelines.docx

Revised RC/slp 07/15/2013

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Chamberlain College of Nursing

NR322 Pediatric Nursing

GRADING RUBRIC FOR ETHICAL DILEMMA ASSIGNMENT
Assignment
Criteria

Competent or Satisfactory
Level of Performance

B (84–91%)

C (76–83%)

Description of the dilemma is clear
and comprehensive;
Distinctively describes how
student became aware of the
situation;
Specifically identified the types of
people involved in the situation and
their roles

Description of the dilemma is clear
and comprehensive;
Adequately describes how student
became aware of the situation;
Specifically identified the types of
people involved in the situation and
their roles

Description of the dilemma is clear,
but very general;
Adequately describes how student
became aware of the situation;
Partially identified the types of
people involved in the situation and
their roles

14-15 points

Identify the
principle(s)
from the ANA
Code of Ethics
(10 points)

Very Good or High Level of
Performance

A (92–100%)
Dilemma
description
(15 points)

Outstanding or Highest
Level of Performance

13 points

12 points

Comprehensively and Accurately
identifies ALL the ethical principles
that are relevant and applicable to
the situation;
Includes brief description of each
ethical principle identified.

Does not accurately identify/
Omits 1 ethical principle that is
relevant and applicable to the
situation;
Includes brief description of each
ethical principle identified.

10 points

Relate
principles from
ANA Code of
Ethics to the
dilemma
(30 points)



Comprehensively describes
how the identified ethical
principles relate to the
dilemma.
Provides specific examples
from the situation to
demonstrate this relationship;
Evidence presented to support
the relationship is compelling
At least two sources used (One
journal article from a primary
source and the ANA Code of
Ethics)
28-30 points

Does not accurately identify/
Omits 2 ethical principles that are
relevant and applicable to the
situation;
Includes brief description of each
ethical principle identified.

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