Ethical Dilemmas In Nursing

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Unfortunately, there are numerous ethical dilemmas in the field of nursing. Each day a new conflict may arise that goes against your ethical beliefs, but as a nurse you still must follow through with the patients wishes and provide them with the medical care they need. The authors of “Ethical Problems Observed by Student Nurses,” Fethiye Erdil and Fatos Korkmaz, are in the department of nursing at Hacettepe University. This article is based off a study that was conducted in Turkey with 153 nursing students in a university-based nursing program. The study lead to the discovery that patents where mistreated by the medical staff, and the confidentiality of the patient was often ignored. Since this study, many argue that to properly treat a patient…show more content…
Both Erdil and Korkmaz are in the department of nursing at a university, which makes them credible when introducing information about nurse’s duties. To maintain the appeal ethos, they reference Doctors and other medical professionals. These references keep the audience from wondering if the information presented in falsified. If someone who has an expert in their field is backing up information in an article, the audience will believe the information over just a nursing student sharing their personal opinion about something they whitnessed. However, this can also work against the authoritative position that doctors hold. If someone with a PhD preforms malpractice the audience is easily angered because a medical doctor is someone who all should be able to trust. While the nursing students where observing the medical staff during clinicals a student reported of “a doctor performed frequent and unnecessary vaginal examinations to improve his practice skills” (pg. 593). By using credibility the author was able to support the purpose of their article to inform the audience of malpractice and ethical conflicts in the medical…show more content…
Logos is the data or factual information used in an article. Since this scholarly article was based on a study, they did gain statistics from this study. In this study 52 of the 153 (34%) of the students observed psychological maltreatment during their clinical training (pg. 592). Also 25% of student nurses reported the patients being informed improper information. Statistics and facts are used so the author can communicate better with people in their audience who may be visual learners. It is also a different way to present the information in something different than words. The authors of this article used rhetorical appeals ethos, pathos, and logos to communicate the dilemmas in the medical field with their wide range audience. By incorporating imagery and a serious tone Erdil and Korkmaz relay the information gained through a study using student nurses to the audience where they wish to target anyone who seeks medical treatment or who works in the medical field. The final goal of this study and article is that workers in the medical field, and even educators will take the results from this study into account, to improve the relationship between patient and medical
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