The Case of the Facebook Friend Request
Ben is Oliver’s usual infusion room nurse; he and Oliver share a love of Pokemon Go and often roam the halls looking for particular Pokemon. Oliver’s mom, Claudia, is divorced, and Ben has mentioned that he is single as well. One evening, Ben receives a Facebook friend request from Claudia.
October 18, 2016
How Do You Bridge the Gap Between Ethical Dilemmas and Spirituality?
The care of patients with cancer is fraught with ethical situations and dilemmas that begin with a patient’s initial diagnosis. Chaplains are often involved with patients with cancer and their families throughout their illness. This is especially true as their disease progresses and they must begin discussions on treatment options, withdrawal of treatment, and end-of-life care.
September 06, 2016
Advance care planning
The Case of the Decision-Making Dilemma
Daniel is a 55-year-old male diagnosed with stage III nasopharyngeal cancer. He lives with Jon, his partner of 4 years. One day, he is taken by ambulance to the ED where it is determined he had an ischemic stroke. He has no advanced directives or living relatives. What would you do?
July 19, 2016
Navigating Moral Distress in the Face of Ethical Dilemmas
Do you remember that moment when you recited the Nightingale Pledge? Although antiquated in language, the modified Hippocratic Oath, written in 1893, still rings true in many ways today. I recall the weightiness of those words. As reiterated in the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses (2015), nurses are expected to hold those values and ethical principles in the highest regard and should afford them to all people. This is quite a responsibility for even the most seasoned nurse. Moreover, oncology nurses are often faced with issues that test ethical and moral principles.
April 26, 2016
Ethics in nursing
Sort Through Ethical Dilemmas in Medically Futile Care
A well-known and well-liked patient on the oncology unit, Ms. M, had been responding well to a treatment regimen for metastatic cancer but had a rare side effect from one of the chemotherapy drugs: progressive and paralyzing extremity weakness.
June 02, 2014
Ethics in nursing
When Do You Stop Fighting?
The war on cancer began in 1971 when Nixon signed the National Cancer Act. Since then, the war rages on. MD Anderson vows to make cancer history. Walking fundraisers urge people to join the fight, one step at a time. People who win the battle against cancer are survivors and those who don't—did they not fight hard enough?
March 31, 2014