ERIC Number: EJ877666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Ethics and the HPV Vaccine: Considerations for School Nurses
Bennett, Mary P.
Journal of School Nursing, v24 n5 p275-283 2008
School nurses are at the forefront of health care providers for many families of junior high and high school students and are used as primary sources of information and guidance about recommended student vaccinations. In the case of the relatively new vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), school nurses must be both knowledgeable about the infection itself and unbiased when asked to give students and families information about the vaccine. This article explores the development and current status of HPV and the HPV vaccine and the ethical principles of autonomy, utilitarianism, beneficence, nonmaleficence, justice, and cultural and religious issues as they relate to discussions with students and families about HPV vaccinations. School nurses are advocates for the health of students. Therefore, they must critically evaluate the application of these ethical principles when providing information and recommendations about the HPV vaccination.
Descriptors: School Nurses, Immunization Programs, Ethics, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Junior High School Students, High School Students, Advocacy, Health Promotion, Females, Early Adolescents, Risk, Self Determination
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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