An overview of ethics in maternal-child nursing

Lynn Clark Callister, Tanya Sudia-Robinson

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Ethical issues across the childbearing year are multiple and complex. This article addresses ethical challenges facing maternal-child nurses and identifies strategies for making ethical decisions utilizing ethical principles and frameworks. Coping strategies for dealing with moral distress, how nurses demonstrate moral courage, and the attributes of an effective ethical decision maker are described. Ethical issues related to healthcare team relationships are discussed, with implications for nurses provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-159
Number of pages6
JournalMCN The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Neonatal ethics
  • Nursing ethics
  • Perinatal ethics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (nursing)
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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