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Nursing ; 50(7): 42-46, 2020 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-604321


Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are unable to visit with friends and family, and religious patients cannot see personal clergy or even hospital chaplains. These patients may be scared, possibly mechanically ventilated, and dying. In these situations, should their nurse ever initiate an offer of prayer? Weighing the pros and cons of this issue, this discussion will argue that when offered in an ethical, patient-centered manner, nurses offering prayer can be therapeutic for some patients.

Coronavirus Infections/nursing , Nurse-Patient Relations/ethics , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/nursing , Religion , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Humans , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology
Hastings Cent Rep ; 50(3): 35-39, 2020 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-266503


The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted many of the difficult ethical issues that health care professionals confront in caring for patients and families. The decisions such workers face on the front lines are fraught with uncertainty for all stakeholders. Our focus is on the implications for nurses, who are the largest global health care workforce but whose perspectives are not always fully considered. This essay discusses three overarching ethical issues that create a myriad of concerns and will likely affect nurses globally in unique ways: the safety of nurses, patients, colleagues, and families; the allocation of scarce resources; and the changing nature of nurses' relationships with patients and families. We urge policy-makers to ensure that nurses' voices and perspectives are integrated into both local and global decision-making so as to minimize the structural injustices many nurses have faced to date. Finally, we urge nurses to seek sources of support throughout this pandemic.

Coronavirus Infections/nursing , Ethics, Nursing , Pneumonia, Viral/nursing , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Health Care Rationing/ethics , Humans , Morals , Nurse-Patient Relations/ethics , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2 , Safety Management/ethics , Stress, Psychological/epidemiology