Teaching ethics using games


*Department of Mental Health, Community and Administrative Nursing, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143-0608, USA.


Many students find analysis of ethical dilemmas difficult due to the ambiguity and uncertainty they see in these situations. Games have been developed and are used in a wide variety of educational experiences. An ethics game entitled ‘Rights: Helter Skelter’ has been used with nursing students in their first course focused on ethics and nursing. This game enhances their ability to tolerate high levels of uncertainty while they analyse ethical dilemmas.