This book examines the evolving health care delivery systems and the role of nursing within the rural context. Divided into three parts including perspectives from experts in Australia and Canada, the book covers the foundations of rural nursing, special populations, and future perspectives. Students of nursing will find special features in each chapter such as a list of objectives, key terms, points to remember, suggested research activities, and discussion questions.

Ethical Situations: What Nurses in Rural Practice Should Know

Ethical situations: What nurses in rural practice should know

Key Terms

  • Ethical situations
  • Ethics committee
  • Bioethical dilemma
  • Kinship networks
  • Advance directives
  • Ethics principles
  • Ethical norm
  • Autonomy
  • Paternalism
  • Beneficence
  • Justice
  • Utility


After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Describe ethical conflicts that could present in rural health care settings.
  • Discuss the role and scope of ethics committees in the rural health care delivery system.
  • Examine nursesampnumx0027; roles on ethics committees.
  • Discuss ethical situations that can occur in rural settings.

Essential Points to Remember

  • Ideally, with open and effective communication, bioethical dilemmas should never happen. However, when clinical ethical situations occur, rural nurses must be knowledgeable about available resources to deal with these situations.
  • Selected dimensions of rural ...
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