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Protection of Conscience Project

Service, not Servitude
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Brenner G.  [Current legal questions. Refusal to work by a nurse based on a matter of conscience] Krankenpflege (Frankf) 1986 Mar;40(3):131  [Article in German]  PMID: 3090356

G. Brenner

Davis BG.   Defining the employment rights of medical personnel within the parameters of personal conscience. Detroit Coll Law Rev 1986 Fall;90(3):847-78  PMID: 11655897

B.G. Davis

Gibson JM, Kushner TK. Will the "conscience of an institution" become society's servant? Hastings Cent Rep 1986 Jun;16(3):9-11 PMID: 3721849

Joan Mclver Gibson, Thomasine Kimbrough Kushner

  • Have hospital ethics committees become too successful? Consider a case reported by a hospital in the midwest, whose well-established ethics committee has worked closely with physicians over the past decade in deciding when and whether to forgo life-sustaining treatment. For eight years the hospital has operated with a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) policy that has enjoyed physician support and has, up until now, not presented any real problems. . .

Nightingale EO, Stover E. A question of conscience. Physicians in defense of human rights.  AJAMA 1986 May 23-30;255(20):2794-7 PMID: 3517401

Elena O. Nightingale, Eric Stover

Accounts of torture and other human rights abuses reach us daily through the news media. Amnesty International, the recipient of the 1977 Nobel peace prize for its human rights efforts, reports that in the past four years alone governments in one third of the world's countries have systematically practiced or tacitly condoned torture or ill-treatment to interrogate, punish, and intimidate political opponents. The techniques they use may include electric shock, prolonged beatings, sham executions, sensory and sleep deprivation, cigarette burns, water submersion, and, more recently, mind-altering drugs. For the victims - whether imprisoned in a secret detention center in Santiago or in a special psychiatric hospital in Moscow - such brutality knows no ideology because its goal is the same: to silence dissent through the destruction of healthy bodies and minds.The problem of torture should be a concern of medical professionals worldwide for several reasons. . .

Piesse B.  Nurse & the law. The anatomy of conscience. Aust Nurses J 1986 Sep;16(3):53-4, 61  PMID: 3638962

Barbara Piesse

  • What is my potential liability and what should I do? Such are the preludes to the frequent pleas from nurses on a variety of issues. The queries raised by your problems are appreciated. Not only do they inspire me but they help give this feature its practical direction, so please continue to write to tbe 'Journal'.

A glance at a range of nursing journals reveals a growing awareness not only of the legal implications of nursing practice but also of the ethical dilemmas faced by nurses in their patient care, such as the choice between unsatisfactory alternatives. . .

Rohe J. Surgical conscience and the true believer: ethical problems for the operating theatre nurse. Kenya Nurs J 1986 Dec;14(2):23-8 PMID: 3682561

J. Rohe

Vasques MM.  [Conscientious objection] Servir 1986 Sep-Dec;34(5-6):290-4 [Article in Portuguese] PMID: 3101194

M.M. Vasques

Vasques MM. Right to the objection of conscience. Nouv Com Int Cathol Infirm Assist Med Soc 1986;(2-3):99-103  PMID: 3645499

M.M. Vasques