Ethical Drift: When Good People Do Bad Things
Kleinman, Carol S.
JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation 2006 July-September; 8(3): 72-76
There are many factors in today's healthcare environment which challenge nurses and nursing administration in adhering to ethical values. This article discusses the phenomenon of ethical drift, a gradual erosion of ethical behavior that occurs in individuals below their level of awareness. It is imperative for nurse managers and executives to be aware of the danger that workplace pressures pose in encouraging ethical drift at all levels of nursing, and to take steps to prevent this phenomena from occurring in their facilities.
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