You did a great job. You are acting as an advocate for the patient for their interest. We must support the rights of patients who are unable to advocate for themselves .We are facing lot of ethical problems in our workplace. Nurses must take a decision in Ethical dilemmas. These decisions affected by so many factors, including principles learned in school and nurses personal beliefs, and values. It is important that all healthcare professionals value and support their peers who have the courage to stand up and speak out against unethical behavior even when others are silent or differ in opinion. Ethical dilemmas in practice arise when one feels drawn both to do and not to do the same thing.
The virtue ethics perspective focuses on moral character (Stephany, 2012) and affirms that good people will make good choices (Pollard, 2014). It is less focused on what an individual does and more on their way of being (Stephany, 2012). Virtues are character traits, such as “honesty, courage, compassion, generosity, fidelity, integrity, fairness, and self-control” that guarantee ethical outcomes (Pollard, 2014, p. 116). Correspondingly, nurses are considered a moral agent—an individual with the power to do the right thing (Pollard, 2014). Nurses are strong patient advocates exemplifying the virtue ethics perspective. Nurses demonstrate fidelity by being loyal and following through with promises made to patients (Stephany, 2012). Providing
Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing Numerous situations present with ethical dilemmas in the field of providing and receiving nursing care. Although laws and regulations are in place to guide healthcare workers in setting up care plans and in making choices while following those, day-to-day events may challenge those choices. Clients and their families may have requests or needs, outside of the plans already set, where values and beliefs are clashing. One such dilemma is placing a patient in restraints.
The four principles of ethics provides an accessible and culturally neutral approach to thinking about ethical issues in healthcare(1). This approach is based on the four prima facie moral commitments of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice(1, 2). It offers a moral, analytical framework for healthcare professionals to aid decisions, when moral issues arise(2). This approach was developed by Beauchamp and Childress in the 1980s to provide a common, moral language for clinicians(1). The term prima facie indicates that a principle is binding unless it conflicts with another moral principle(2, 3).
(2014, June 6). Retrieved from ANA American Nurses Association: http://nursingworld.org/DocumentVault/Ethics-1/Code/Code-Provision-1.pdf Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements Provision 2. (2014, June 6). Retrieved from ANA American Nurses Association: http://nursingworld.org/DocumentVault/Ethics-1/Code/Code-Provision-4.pdf Kangasniemi, M. P. (2014). Professional Ethics in Nursing:
Provision one, a provision in the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses, entails that nurses should pursue their nursing career with empathy and respect towards all patients. In other words, patients should be viewed as separate individuals with separate values and beliefs. Nurses and other healthcare professionals should respect their individual decisions, whether they agree with them or not. This code of ethics provision relates to the ethical dilemma of a patient refusing medical treatment. Although nurses are trained to do all that they are capable of doing to save patients’ lives, sometimes nurses reach a dilemma that puts a strain on their practice. At times, patients’ refuse medical treatment, even if the treatment will
As a registered nurse, we face ethical issues every day. Some days we understand the clear cut ethical issue at hand; however, other ethical issues can be disguised. In my year and half of being an RN I have come across many ethical issues. As mentioned before, some are clear cut and others are hard to tread through. Initially, these ethical issues can make you question your job; however, after some reflection I believe these issues make us stronger nurses.
This assignment is a reflection of ethical dilemmas in nursing practice as a registered nurse; this paper is based on the group assignment which was completed for NURS3004. This reflection will include an explanation of the role that I portrayed in the group, the preparation that I did for the role, what could have been done differently, how this group assignment has impacted me in terms of working in a team and finally explain how this assignment will assist me in my future clinical practice as a newly registered nurse.
As the informed consent law indicated, an adult with thorough mind patient is the sole intermediary what should be done on his/ her own body either to accept life-sustaining treatment or to refuse at all as long as he/ she understand the consequences. The decision making about the medical treatment shall serve as the fundamental legal and ethical basis for withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment option. Hence, legal authority to withdrawal life-sustaining treatment is the basis of the patient’s autonomy. The underlying principle of legal and ethical consensus in decision-making capacity of the patient may withdraw the
Ethical dilemmas, also known as a moral dilemma, is a situation in which there is a choice between two options, neither of which resolves the situation completely. In other words, both options will result in negative results based on society and/or personal guidelines. Labor and delivery nurses are often confronted with ethical dilemmas in practice. To help student nurses prepare for this eventuality, nursing programs do their best to incorporate education about ethics and professionalism into courses. This introduction to ethics in nursing school also assists future nurses to begin recognizing and managing their own personal values in a way that can help guide them in resolving ethical conflicts they will encounter throughout their professional careers.
Ethics serve as a guide for moral and ethical conduct and thus treat people with dignity, respect and uniqueness regardless of age, sex, color or religion. Also adhere to their job description and within the nation’s healthcare workforce. Surveys from several nursing specializations reported that there is no differences in
The bioethics of medical procedures have long been a controversial topic, but never more debated than the ethics of doctor-assisted suicide. Doctor-assisted suicide otherwise known as DAS is the voluntary ending of one’s life with the administration of a lethal drug, with the direct or indirect assistance of a physician. To clarify, indirect DAS is when the patient does the final stage to euthanize oneself. Direct DAS occurs when another individual is given consent to do the final stage of administering the lethal substance to the patient, either a physician or nurse. DNR orders (do not resuscitate) are considered a passive form of Direct DAS.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) approved that address ethical practice issues such as empathy and respect .The nurse primary compliance to patient , patient advocacy, accountability , duties ,responsibility and participation in the health care (shrestha& jose ,2014). With today changes, nurses face cases such as heavy workload, lack of resources, increased patient awareness, low occupational ,various problems related to staff skills, life quality and workplace violence. In But, there is the anticipation that nurses should treat patients in an ethical manner and put ethics first in their professional performance.
A nurse must keep up to date on education and new processes in health-care, so they can provide the best care. As a nurse, you have promised to give each of your patients the best care that can possibly be given. Nurses must follow a code of ethics, to act safely, provide ethical care no matter how they feel about the patient or the reason they are in your care. Following this code of ethics shows your commitment to caring for people and society, it is a guide of ethics and standards to follow to keep everyone safe. Nursing is also a wonderful opportunity to meet hundreds of people from almost every nationality and every walk of life.