Illegal Immigrants in the Emergency Department: An Ethical Dilemma for Nurses?
Journal of Emergency Nursing
The current presidential debate has brought many issues to the forefront of national discussion. Some of these revolve around the presence of illegal immigrants in the country, including their citizenship status and their impact on the nation’s challenged health care system. Nurses who serve on the front lines of health care delivery encounter many ethical dilemmas. It is possible that one such dilemma may be whether a patient’s citizenship status should be used to determine his or her eligibility for emergency medical care. This article speaks to nurses who may encounter this issue. The intent is to explore the legal and ethical implications to help readers conclude that a patient’s citizenship status should not hinder the medical care that he or she needs.
Health care, emergency nursing, nurse-patient relations, patient rights, immigration
Grimm, Jason W. and Wells, Jeffrey L., "Illegal Immigrants in the Emergency Department: An Ethical Dilemma for Nurses?" (2009). Nursing Faculty Publications. 103.