Final Paper

Choose a topic of an ethical issue that is of interest to you which is not the same as your group presentation topic. This topic will also be relevant to nursing practice. Journals and articles other than those in the nursing profession may be considered. This assignment is a formally written paper in APA format, 7th edition. A minimum of three professional references is required. You may use internet sites and articles, but they will not be counted as a professional citation. Please use the headings of each section of the rubric to outline your paper. The paper will be 7 pages in length—and not exceeding 7 pages of text. Cover page/references are NOT included in this count. Two points will be deducted for each page over the maximum number. The grading guidelines are as follows:

Ethics Final Paper–Evaluation Rubric

Possible Score

Your Score

Introduction: Summary of what is known about the ethical issue

Well summarized (20 points)


Ethical Dimensions of the Issue Identified and Discussed (why is this an ethical issue)

Ethical Dimensions Clearly Identified (5 points)

Ethical Dimensions Clearly Discussed (5 points)


Relevance of the Ethical Issue to Health Professions/Nursing

Relevance of the Ethical Issue to Nursing well described (10 points)


Relevant Ethical Analysis (Principles, Ethical Theories, Laws, and Standards of Practice)

Complete Analysis of Principles, Ethical Theories, Laws, and SOP (30 points)


Personal Professional Response to the Issue

Thorough discussion (10 points)


Conclusion: Reflection of What you Learned

Reflection clearly articulated (8 points)


Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

No errors (10 points)


Clarity and Organization – Rubric Headings utilized

Headings utilized, paper clear/concise/organized (10 points)


Correct APA Style (7th)

No errors (5 points)


Correct Length 7 pages of text, PLUS title page and reference page



Minimum of 3 professional nursing references, 5 years old or less



Total Points


NRG5000 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

Dr. Lisa Capps, Faculty