Digital resource guide tackles important ethical dilemmas in nursing

February 21, 2017 Ethics Guide examines human trafficking, moral distress, whistleblowing

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — Despite nursing being voted the nation’s No. 1 profession in honesty and ethics for the past 15 years by the annual Gallup poll, nurses still face daily ethical dilemmas.

The Ethics Guide 2017, a digital resource created by OnCourse Learning, educates nurses on how to overcome difficult situations in the workplace.

“While we have nursing science and best practices that govern our nursing practice, there’s not always a clear-cut answer to every situation,” said Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive for OnCourse Learning. “Nursing requires us to ask many ‘what should I do?’ questions and make difficult ethical decisions.”

The guide, which is accessible via mobile, tablet and desktop devices, features useful content, including:

  • How to address moral distress. An article explains how a Colorado hospital used ethics nurse liaisons to support nurses in more than a dozen clinical areas throughout the facility.
  • How to develop a nurse-led ethics committee, create the proper work environment to support whistleblowers and meet the needs of end-of-life patients and their families.
  • Three core responsibilities that can allow nurses to champion ethics on a daily basis.

The Ethics Guide is part of a series of digital resource guides launching in 2017. Watch throughout the year for new guides on topics including evidence-based practice, nurse recognition, practicing mindfulness and helping patients access care. The guides are designed to provide nurses with professional growth opportunities.

To learn about’s ethics courses, visit our continuing education web page.

In January, the Career Guide 2017 was published online. is the largest print and digital magazine dedicated to registered nurses, providing news, employment opportunities, and continuing education programming through the publication and its complementary digital products including website, blogs, e-books and social media outlets. To learn more, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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