Screening Situations for Risk of Ethical Conflicts: A Pilot Study

Author(s): Carol L. Pavlish, RN, PhD, Joan Henriksen Hellyer, RN, PhD, Katherine Brown-Saltzman, RN, MA, Anne G. Miers, RN, MSN, ACNS, CNRN, and Karina Squire, RN, BS, MPH

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires May 01, 2019

Topics: Ethics

Population: Lifespan

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Ethical conflicts, often leading to poor teamwork and moral distress, are very challenging to patients, patients’ families, and health care providers. A proactive approach to ethical conflicts may improve patient care outcomes.


  • Describe the impact of ethical conflict in the intensive care unit (ICU) for patients, families, and health care workers.
  • Describe risk factors and early warning signs of potential ethical conflicts with the ICU patient.
  • Explain key results of ethical risk factor screening for the critical care nurse.

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