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Applying Ethical Practice Competencies to the Prevention and Management of Unintended Pregnancy


  • The authors report no conflict of interest or relevant financial relationships.


Joyce Cappiello, PhD, RN, FNP, Department of Nursing, Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way, The University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824.


Using a case study that incorporates patient, nurse practitioner, and student perspectives, we address ethical principles of respect for autonomy, beneficence, and fairness; professionals’ right of conscience; and a social justice model for the discussion of prevention and management of unintended pregnancy. Through an ongoing process of self-reflection and values clarification, nurses can prepare for the challenge of applying ethical principles to the reproductive health care of women.