Case Study, Chapter 16, Whistle-Blowing in Nursing

A student nurse asks a faculty member to explain whistle-blowing. The student nurse wants to know the work conditions that would have to be met before whistle-blowing occurs, as well as situations in which whistle-blowing is clearly indicated. The faculty member reviews key concepts with all members of the class.

1. Being a whistle-blower takes great courage and self-conviction because it requires the whistle-blower to avoid groupthink. Analyze how groupthink affects the process of whistle-blowing.

2. Discuss the pros and cons of whistle-blowing.

3. What are the key guidelines for blowing the whistle?