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Advance Directives Download Site

ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements

ANA's Position Statements on Ethics and Human Rights

Abstracts only are available for non-members.

  • Stem Cell Research
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Assuring Patient Safety
  • Risk and Responsibility in Providing Nursing Care
  • Pain Management and Control of Distressing Symptoms in Dying Patients
  • Nursing Care and Do-Not-Resuscitate Decisions
  • Reduction of Patient Restraint and Seclusion in Health Care Settings
  • Human Cloning
  • Discrimination and Racism in Health Care
  • Assisted Suicide
  • Nurses' Participation in Capital Punishment
  • Active Euthanasia
  • Foregoing Nutrition and Hydration

ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights

The Center was established by ANA in 1990 to

  • Promulgate a body of knowledge, both theoretical and practical, designed to address issues in ethics and human rights,
  • Develop and disseminate information about and advocate for public policy to assure that ethics and human rights are addressed in health care; and *
  • Assure that short and long-range objectives regarding ethics and human rights will be addressed within the Association, and expressed to appropriate bodies external to the Association. Journal of Bioethics Online

One of the largest bioethics sites on the Internet. Produced and supported by the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Contains the following information and much more:

  1. Latest Ethics News from various newspapers and news wires
  2. Bioethics for Begininners
  3. End of Life
  4. Stem Cell Research
  5. Cloning Information and research

Caring Connections

Caring Connections is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life, supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It

  • Provides free resources, information and motivation for actively learning about end of life resources.
  • Promotes awareness of and engagement in efforts to increase access to quality end of life care
  • Helps people connect with the resources they need, when they need them.
  • Provides a downloadable state specific copy of advance directives.

Ethics Updates

Ethics Updates is designed primarily to be used by ethics instructors and their students. It is intended to provide updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relates to ethics. It includes Ethics forum discussion groups and is sponsored by the University of San Diego.

Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

The mission of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics is to prepare the next generation of leaders in bioethics; to promote research at the intersection of ehtics, law, medicine, science, and global health; and to provide policy advice on bioethical issues to the government and the private sector.

Kennedy Institute of Ethics

The Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Institute of Ethics, established at Georgetown University in 1971, is a teaching and research center offering ethical perspectives on major policy issues. It is the largest university based group of faculty members in the world devoted to research and teaching in biomedical ethics and other areas of applied ethics.

Bioethics Curriculum Units

  • Ethical Issues Associated with Babies Born at Risk
  • Ethical Issues Associated with Organ Transplantation
  • Ethical Issues Associated with Human Experiments
  • Ethical Issues Associated with Eugenics

MEDLINEPlus. Ethics. National Library of Medicine

The MEDLINEplus pages provide a carefully selected list of professional and consumer resources that bring together health ethics information being published on the web by Federal government health agencies, professional associations, health libraries, research organizations and universities.

Topics include: end of life care, abortion, genetic and prenatal testing, birth control, stem cells, organ donation, access to health records, patient rights, and advance directives.

You can also go to the Health Topics page and select an individual topic or use the alphabet to find a topic.

National Institute of Health. Bioethics Resources on the Web.

This website contains a list of annotated web links on research involving human participants and animals, medical and health care ethics, and the implications of applied genetics and biotechnology.

Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization based in New York City. It was founded in 1975 by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.

Public Agenda maintains a nonpartisan balance in all of its work. Its materials have won praise for their credibility and fairness from elected officials from both political parties and experts and decision-makers across the political spectrum.

The two-fold mission of Public Agenda is to:

  • Help leaders better understand the public's point of view on major policy
  • Help citizens better understand critical policy issues so they can make their own more informed and thoughtful decisions.

Some of the issues included are abortion, global role, campaign finance, child care, crime, economy, education, environment, family, federal budget, gay rights, health care, illegal drugs, immigration, medical research, medicre, poverty, race, right to die, and social security.

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