Legal and Ethical Issues in Neonatal Nursing: a case study

Victoria Hagger, Catherine Ellis, Laura Strumidlo

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Neonatal nurses regularly face complex legal and ethical dilemmas. This article discusses the hypothetical case of Jack, a two-day-old infant diagnosed with trisomy 13 syndrome, a life-limiting condition. Jack’s prognosis is poor, and he is not expected to live past two weeks of age. The legal and ethical perspectives of withholding life-sustaining treatment in infants and children will be explored through the application of ethical frameworks, as well as statute and case law relevant to children and adolescent nursing. The article also discusses the neonatal nurse’s role, with reference to local and national guidelines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-53
Number of pages6
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number44
Early online date22 Jun 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jun 2016


  • ethical frameworks
  • ethics
  • legal issues
  • legislation
  • neonates
  • neonatal nursing


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