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Code Gray: Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing
Produced & Directed by Joan Sawyer in collaboration with Christine Mitchell, RN; Photographed & edited by Ben Achtenberg
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ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE! This multi-award-winning program documents 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.

In the case of a newborn with profound and probably fatal birth defects, nurses must decide what level of care represents beneficence, or "doing good." The staff in a nursing home must decide between respect for a patient's autonomy and the need to restrain her to prevent injury. Nurses in an intensive care unit make daily decisions about the allocation of beds and nursing resources in accordance with the principle of justice. A nurse caring for terminally ill patients faces a conflict between fidelity to her commitment to relieve suffering, and the promises made to the patient's family.

Code Gray offers no easy answers to their questions. It is designed to trigger discussion among nurses, physicians, other health workers and consumers about the realities of nursing in a technologically complex world. It will be invaluable for students preparing to enter the healthcare professions.

"A compelling film about the realities of nursing in a technologically complex world, where the humanity of both patients and nurses is often in jeopardy." —Mila Ann Aroskar, Society for Health & Human Values

"Acknowledges the crucial 'here and now' bedside decision making nurses routinely shoulder, and caringly illuminates the hidden responsibilities of nursing." —Booklist

Academy Award Nomination, Best Documentary
First Prize, San Francisco Intl. Film Festival
CINE Golden Eagle
First Prize, American Journal of Nursing
First Prize, Assn. for Critical Care Nursing
Red Ribbon, American Film Festival
American Academy of Nursing Awards
Assn. for Practical and Professional Ethics
Sigma Theta Tau

26 minutes / color
Closed Captioned
Copyright: 1983
Sale: $219

Study Guide Available in Adobe PDF Format

Subject areas:
Bioethics, Death and Dying, Ethical Dilemmas, Ethics, Fanlight Collection, Health Care Issues, Issues & Ethics, Medicine, Nursing

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