Ethical Dilemma Assignment

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For the purposes of this assignment, students select a topic that they feel presents an ethical dilemma in nursing practice.Certain topics may be of a sensitive nature and somewhat subjective; therefore, if you have any questions or are struggling to identify a topic, reach out to your instructor for guidance.

You will create/submit a PowerPoint Presentation to address each element of the assignment.Please refer to assignment guidelines below for the required elements of this assignment.

Topic Ideas

  • Organ donation and transplant issues
  • Stem cell transplants and cord blood banking
  • Sperm and/or Egg preservation
  • Parental refusal of medical treatments due to religious or cultural beliefs (e.g. blood transfusions,
  • End-of-Life Care/Decision-Making
  • Neglect and Abuse
  • Health Insurance Issues (e.g. lack of coverage, coverage denials, access to care)
  • Teen seeking birth control, pregnancy care, or abortion (without parental guidance)
  • Parents with HIV/AIDS having children
  • Behavioral health patients boarding on in acute care settings
  • Transgender patient-care

Assignment Guidelines

  • Dilemma description (15 points)- Identify the chosen ethical dilemma and identify the key elements (who, what, when, how, why)
  • Identify the resources at the clinical agency or in the community to assist dealing with the chosen ethical dilemmas (20 points)- Identify resources available for your chosen dilemma.Identify resources available through medical services and in the community.
  • Writing Style, APA format, Grammar/Spelling/Mechanics (10 points)-All references used should be scholarly/reputable and must be cited using current edition APA format.If you need assistance with APA formatting, refer to https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html

Assignment Criteria

Meets All Criteria

Partially Meets Criteria

Does Not Meet Criteria

Dilemma description
(15 points)

Description of the dilemma is clear and comprehensive;
Distinctively describes how student became aware of the situation;
Specifically identified the types of people involved in the situation and their roles

14-15 points

Description of the dilemma is clear and comprehensive;
Adequately describes how student became aware of the situation;
Specifically identified the types of people involved in the situation and their roles

13 points

Description of the dilemma is clear, but very general;
Adequately describes how student became aware of the situation;
Partially identified the types of people involved in the situation and their roles

8-12 points

Description of the dilemma is mostly vague or missing;
Inadequately / Vaguely describes how student became aware of the situation;
Minimally identified or did not identify the types of people involved in the situation and their roles

0 – 7 points

Identify the resources at the clinical agency or in the community to assist dealing with the chosen ethical dilemmas
(20 points)

ALL criterion items are met:

  • Comprehensively and accurately identifies ALL pertinent resources available/used to resolve the dilemma;
  • Systematically and accurately identifies ALL resources being used by patient;
  • Comprehensively addresses available resources not used, but should have been used in the situation;
  • Supports ideas with valid rationale and evidence from literature

19-20 points

Did Not Meet One (1) of the criterion items:

  • Comprehensively and accurately identifies ALL pertinent resources available/used to resolve the dilemma;
  • Systematically and accurately identifies ALL resources being used by patient;
  • Comprehensively addresses available resources not used, but should have been used in the situation;
  • Supports ideas with valid rationale and evidence from literature

16-18 points

Did Not Meet Two (2) of the criterion items:

  • Comprehensively and accurately identifies ALL pertinent resources available/used to resolve the dilemma;
  • Systematically and accurately identifies ALL resources being used by patient;
  • Comprehensively addresses available resources not used, but should have been used in the situation;
  • Supports ideas with valid rationale and evidence from literature

13-15 points

Did Not Meet Three (3) or more of the criterion items:

  • Comprehensively and accurately identifies ALL pertinent resources available/used to resolve the dilemma;
  • Systematically and accurately identifies ALL resources being used by patient;
  • Comprehensively addresses available resources not used, but should have been used in the situation;
  • Supports ideas with valid rationale and evidence from literature

0-12 points

Writing Style, APA format, Grammar/
Spelling/Mechanics

(10 points)

ALL criterion items are met:

  • Flow of ideas logical and easy to follow
  • Ideas are presented clearly
  • APA formatting free of errors
  • Includes reference list and in-text citations
  • Spelling, grammar, and mechanics are free of errors

10 points

Did Not Meet One (1) of the criterion items:

  • Flow of ideas logical and easy to follow
  • Ideas are presented clearly
  • APA formatting free of errors
  • Includes reference list and in-text citations
  • Spelling, grammar, and mechanics are free of errors

8 points

Did Not Meet Two (2) of the criterion items:

  • Flow of ideas logical and easy to follow
  • Ideas are presented clearly
  • APA formatting free of errors
  • Includes reference list and in-text citations
  • Spelling, grammar, and mechanics are free of errors

6points

Did Not Meet Three (3) or more of the criterion items:

  • Flow of ideas logical and easy to follow
  • Ideas are presented clearly
  • APA formatting free of errors
  • Includes reference list and in-text citations
  • Spelling, grammar, and mechanics are free of errors

0 – 5 points

Total Points Possible = 45 points

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