Code Gray: Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing

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Code Gray: Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing
Directed byJoan Sawyer
Produced byBen Achtenberg
Joan Sawyer
CinematographyBen Achtenberg
Edited byFrank Galvin
Release dates1984
Running time26 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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Code Gray: Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing
Directed byJoan Sawyer
Produced byBen Achtenberg
Joan Sawyer
CinematographyBen Achtenberg
Edited byFrank Galvin
Release dates1984
Running time26 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Code Gray: Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing is a 1984 American short documentary film directed by Joan Sawyer. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.[1]

This documentary shows four actual situations where nurses confront difficult ethical decisions, as they balance the often contradictory views of patients, family members, and other staff about what is best for their patients.

Case 1: A newborn with probably fatal birth defects that is a ward of the state is in the Neonatal ICU and nurses must decide what level of care represents benefiecence, or "doing good."

Case 2: The staff in a nursing home must decide between respecting a patient's autonomy and the need to restrain her to prevent injury.

Case 3: The nurses in an ICU make daily decisions about allocation of nursing resources and bed according to the principles of justice.

Case 4: A nurse caring for a terminally ill patient faces a conflict between fidelity to her commitment to relieve suffering and the promise made to the patient's family.

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  1. ^ "IMDb.com: Code Gray: Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 

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