Mental health nurses: guardians of ethics in managed care

J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 1998 Jul;36(7):34-7.


Managed care produces an ethical dilemma for the mental health nursing profession. High costs must be contained and services increased, yet there are ethical costs and risks to managed care. If patient needs are not being met under managed care, nurses have an obligation to try to change those situations. The threat of managed care can be turned into an opportunity and challenge for mental health nurses to maintain long-established nursing values.

MeSH terms

  • Cost Control
  • Ethics, Nursing*
  • Health Care Rationing
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Managed Care Programs / organization & administration*
  • Patient Advocacy*
  • Psychiatric Nursing*
  • United States