John Donne's Ideas That Nurses Face Ethical Dilemmas

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“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main (Donne, 2007, p. 108). According to the view of metaphysical poet John Donne, he conveys the concept that no man can exist by himself. He suggests we are all interconnected. Man can only survive the challenges brought on by life if they work together as one in society. This quote reflects the American Nurses Association code of ethics. “Nurses are doing their best to provide care for their patients and their communities and are supporting each other in the process so that all nurses can fulfill their ethical and professional obligations” (American Nurses Association, 2015, para. 6). Ethical beliefs Nurses face ethical dilemmas every day, it is part of what is required as part of our daily routine. Despite ones personal beliefs on multiple challenging issues, such as choice versus pro-life or life saving measures versus the right to die, it is the nurse’s role to be an advocate for the patient and their needs. Perception of care Due to the transforming nature of…show more content…
Currently, when I make a mistake, I tend to judge myself as being stupid or incompetent. Additionally, when considering a new challenge, I am sometimes filled with self-doubt. I have to get past the point of doubting my skill and capabilities. This internal doubt is not productive or motivating. Strategies I am currently utilizing and hope to hone include use of positive self-image while at the same time questioning my actions. I need to focus on positive outcomes rather than being right. If I am right, but it does not provide a positive outcome for my patient, it may be great for my ego, but totally irrelevant for patient care. Frequently “I worry about the future and I trip on the past. This results in rumination and avoidance, the evil opposite of change” (Van Dijk, 2011, para.

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