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Home : Media

April 2012

Rachael McLaughlin, Director
Marketing and Communications

Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) helps nurses navigate common ethics issues 

INDIANAPOLIS – For 10 straight years, a national Gallup poll has ranked nursing as the most trusted profession. But that doesn’t mean nurses don’t face – and struggle with – ethical dilemmas every day. How do nurses cope with and manage ethical issues? Are they prepared to deal with situations when they arise?

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) recently published two books that explore various aspects of ethics and guide nurses at every level through difficult situations. 
Nursing Ethics in Everyday Practice
Written by Connie M. Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Nursing Ethics in Everyday Practice serves as a guide for bedside and staff nurses at the front lines of health care in hospitals, hospice, long-term care and home health care. Presented in a simple, easy-to-read and engaging style, nurses can readily utilize the information in a clinical setting, using the book’s framework to resolve the ethical dilemmas they frequently encounter in practice.

“As this book conveys, nurses hold a unique and valuable place in clinical practice and in patients’ lives—from the immense trust we place in them to the incredible responsibilities we expect of them. Nursing Ethics in Everyday Practice, in its systematic and thorough analysis, provides an excellent and long-awaited tool.”
- Autumn Fiester, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The Power of Ten – 2011-2013: Nurse Leaders Address the Profession’s Ten Most Pressing Issues
The Power of Ten – 2011-2013: Nurse Leaders Address the Profession’s Ten Most Pressing Issues is a compilation of essays from more than 30 international nurse leaders discussing key factors currently shaping the profession. Topics include the growth of ethical demands, evidence-based practice and the impact of technology on nursing. In addition to essays, each chapter includes discussion points designed to foster conversation and facilitate opinions that defy status quo thinking.

“When it comes to ethics in nursing, you can encounter the proverbial sticky wickets everywhere you look,” begins the chapter, “How Do Nurses Cope with the Growing Ethical Demands of Practice?” “Nursing organizations, associations and leaders need to step out of the shadows and educate themselves and their patients. It’s time to lead the discussion instead of just listening.”

Experts on these topics are available for interview:

  • Connie M. Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN – Lead author and editor of Nursing Ethics in Everyday Practice and contributing author to The Power of Ten, Ulrich is associate professor of nursing and bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing and a senior fellow at the Center for Bioethics. She holds a secondary appointment with the School of Medicine in the Department of Medical Ethics.
  • Karen H. Morin, DSN, RN, ANEF, FAAN – Contributing author to The Power of Ten, Morin was the 2009-2011 president of STTI and professor and director of the PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • Katherine Brown-Saltzman, MA, RN – Contributing author to The Power of Ten, Brown-Saltzman is co-director of the UCLA Health System Ethics Center.

Ulrich, Morin and Brown-Saltzman can speak to issues such as:

  • Adding your voice to the discussion on ethics
  • Facing increased ethical demands and moral distress
  • Ethical dilemmas associated with end-of-life care, advances in technology, an aging population, societal pressure to control health care costs and to reform health care, pain management, quality of life, resource allocations and more

For more information, for a review copy of Nursing Ethics in Everyday Practice or The Power of Ten or to speak to an expert on nursing ethics, please contact Rachael McLaughlin at or +1.317.634.8171.

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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at

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