What does Autonomy mean to you?

Feb 20, 2024

1. Read the Case Presentation on page 63 (in 4th Edition)  of Burkhardt & Nathaniel. This is in Chapter 3 Part 12, the section titled Noncompliance vs Autonomy

a.What does Autonomy mean to you?

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b. Comment on the statement: It is easy to honor a patient’s autonomy when they agree with us.

c. Was Cora’s autonomy being infringed?

d. What provisions of the ANA Code of Ethics and Interpretative Statements offers the nurse guidance in this case?

2   .Read the Case Presentation on page 72 (in 4th Edition)  of Burkhardt & Nathaniel. This is in Chapter 3, Part 12, the case presentation entitled “Beneficence and Nonmaleficence”.

a.  Describe in your own words, Beneficence and Nonmaleficence.

b.   Answer all the questions presented in the Think About It section following the case presentation.

3. Read the Case Presentation of Burkhardt & Nathaniel  on page 179 in (4th Edition) on moral distress, moral outrage and moral reckoning.  Read the case study of Joanna which is the last case study in Chapter 7  entitled “Trying to be Heard”.

a.  Does the ANA Code of Ethics, Provision Three offer any guidance for the nurse? Why or why not?

b. Were the nurse’s actions sufficient in this situation?

c. Read the article titled, “Pathways to Moral Courage” and apply the “CODE” analysis to this case to determine if a different outcome was possible.

Article link:

Pathways to Moral Courage, found at:


4. After reading the article links  relating to Placebos that follow, please aIDress:

a.       Compare the two articles and argue for or against the use of placebos, including discussion of applicable ethical principles, e.g. autonomy,

beneficence,  etc.

b.      Specify what provisions of the ANA Code of Ethics offer guidance on the use of placebos in health care

Article links:

Read the American Society for Pain Management Nursing’s Position Statement on Use of Placebos in Pain Management, found at:


Read “US Doctors Use Placebo Treatments but Don’t Always Inform Patients” found at:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/126791.php (Links to an external site.)


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