Ethical Issues In Nursing Practice

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"Let whoever is in charge keep this simple question in her head (not, how can I always do this right thing myself, but) how can I provide for this right thing to be always done?" Florence Nightingale (1946, p. 30). Professionally, ethical nursing practice is reflected in Nursing Council of New Zealand (2012) competencies across all four domains. Nursing is a fundamentally moral endeavour. Grounded in caring and a commitment to do good, professional responsibilities are reflected in societal expectations (Humphries, & Woods, 2014). Suitably, ethical nursing practice is dominant in Nursing Council of New Zealand (2012 a) competencies and is evident across all four domains. Even so, complex clinical situations that are ethically incongruent or ambiguous in nature, challenge a nurses ' professional judgement. This essay intends to examine an ethical decision-making process throughout a clinical scenario. A four-box methodology will be employed to examine the ethics of the situation and provide guidance in reaching appropriate decisions. The implementation of subsequent professional judgements will be aligned with effective leadership and management strategies. Scenario two - a boy and his secret, presents ethical dilemmas were in which fundamental ethical principles of nursing…show more content…
Within this dimension, it is important to align ethical and medical concepts with person-centred care. It is imperative to consider the holistic wellbeing of Richard as opposed to a biomedical process as 'clinical issues ' would insinuate. The clinical issues within this scenario relate to Richard and his sexual partners physical and emotional safety. Two key terms relevant to this are beneficence and non-maleficence. Beneficence can be defined as a concept of doing good, not to be confused with non-maleficence or not causing harm (NZNO, 2010). With regards to this, key clinical objectives are
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