Ethical issues may arise in the workplace no matter how big or small the facility. It can originate from a single act or come from the top down through culture. In general we learn from a young age what is right from wrong; therefore one would think that everyone thinks the same and all should be running smoothly.
One ethical obligation nurses are required to fulfil during their shift is to ensure no harm is done to their patient. Due to nursing shortages and too many patient’s, nurses are finding this hard to do. Ethics help nurses make the right decisions with the guidance of their morals, but due to shortages and overworked nurses they tend to feel dissatisfied with their jobs. This results from unsafe work environments, lack of time for communication and quality care of patients. “Understaffing and overtime hours have been associated with increases in patient mortality, hospital-acquired infections, shock, and bloodstream infections” (Kane et al., 2007b).
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
(Fein man, M. 2011) According to the American Nurses Association, a nurse “promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient. Negligence of the patient cause direct effect on patient mental health. The proper care of the patient is very important for treatment. Therefore staff should provide care to the patient, so patient not attempt suicide or harm himself.
The 3rd provision of the code states that “the nurse is responsible for promoting, advocating for and protecting the health, safety and rights of the patient”. This means that it is the nurse’s responsibility to ensure that the patient has a safe environment to be treated and the ability to discuss health issues without unwanted
The practice of health care includes many scenarios that have to do with making adequate decisions when it comes to a patient’s life, and the way they are treated. Having an ethical code in all health care organizations is very important, because it helps health care workers with reaching a suited and ethical decision when it comes to the patient. In health care, patient will always be put first, and their autonomy will always be respected. Nevertheless, when there is a situation where a patient might be in harm, or might be making their condition worse because of the decisions they made. Health care workers will always be there to
345-350). Other aspects of professionalism in the workplace include: showing up on time, following dress code, showing discipline and self-composure, providing care in a timely manner, respecting patient 's privacy and maintaining the safety of personal information. Moreover, collaborating with other health care providers to promote the best care possible to the patient, following code of ethics, seeking knowledge and skills to improve work performance, taking responsibility for own actions and helping to develop trust between patients and the healthcare team (Potter, Perry, Stockert, & Hall, 2011, pp. 210-215). All healthcare professionals should serve patients and the community by providing the best care possible in their scope of practice (Shohani & Zamanzadeh, 2017, pp. 355-357).
And have I given everyone an equal opportunity to succeed? With respect to this reference, my personal code of ethics, the relationship between nurse and patient is important. Because it is responsible to the safety of the patient, it is a nurse after all. In order to play an important role to the safety of the patient, nurses to
When a medical professional faces an ethical dilemma, such as the one mentioned above, there is a code of ethics established (that helps them properly respond to their ethical situation). This code of ethics is an embedded standard of rules within a respective medical professional organization. Code of ethics are used to guide medical staff on how on how to behave and approach an ethical dilemma respects the right of the patient, but also ensures the doctor’s ethics how preserving life. These professional ethics were created through principals (such as, non-maleficence- a physician’s obligation of first, do no harm’ to a patient and beneficence-providing benefits and balancing them against risks to a patient of specific treatment). These ethical theories were decided through
1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role. Duty of care means to have a legal responsibility towards others. It is a legal requirement that all health care workers must put the interest of their service users first and make sure that the service users do not come to any harm be it abuse or self-harm. As a care giver, my duty is to provide care according to the organisation’s code of practice in my day to day work, to make sure that my service users are supported and treated with dignity and respect by following the policies and procedures set out by my employer, it is my duty of care to involve service user in their care unless it is not possible for them to be involved. Service should be provided in a safe environment
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.
Bridgett Beuckens How sad it is that nursing leaders allow, much less participate in such acts. The stress and responsibilities this author was subjected to are not fair nor safe. The ANA Code of Ethics addresses occurrences as in this scenario. Provision 4.1 states nurses are responsible and accountable for the nursing care
By design, healthcare is a continuously evolving industry. The rapid changes make it difficult to see when things go wrong. Whether the issues are obvious or complicated, it is easier to address when medical ethics is in place. Medical ethics can be defined as standards of conduct for a healthcare professional to carry out responsibilities with honesty, competence, respects, integrity, and trust. These moral guidelines can be interpreted by the American Medical Association (AMA) through the Principles of Medical Ethics, the Code of Ethics, and the “Declaration of Professional Responsibility: Medicine’s Social Contract with Humanity”.