Based on statistics, there is an increasing number of death related to cancer each year. Nowadays, people tend to be more cautious about cancer and involve in self awareness program. Patients understanding about cancer means "death" and most likely need to hide the diagnoses to them.. " It 's very unpleasant to tell the patient that they have a terminal illness. One can understand why most doctors and nurses neglect this duty" (Varga,1980).
Although “some people think that euthanasia shouldn’t be allowed…because it could be abused and used as a cover for murder” (BBC- ethics-euthanasia: Ethics…, 2014), the Hippocratic Oath obliges the doctors to preserve life and uphold specific standards. According to the article written by Gorman, the constant demand for euthanasia by many patients, states in America, such as California, Oregon, and a few other states, have proposed bills and passed laws that allows doctors to assist in euthanizing and be protected from any lawsuits that declares the action to be a misuse of authority and privileges. It has also been debated over that it is not giving the patient the right to die but instead allowing the third party the right to kill. In a biblical perspective, some may also consider it as unethical and sinful because “all life is sacred and it should be kept at all cost” (Argument for euthanasia, 2013). Therefore, many disapprove since it goes against the religious belief of a natural death.
However, according to Buppert’s piece, “If a state requires that a nurse practitioner have a collaborative relationship with a physician in order to practice, that collaborative relationship does not usually extend to cover evaluations and treatments performed by the nurse practitioner outside the practice setting” (Buppert; pg 1). In other words, the action of prescribing medication to a family member is seen as unethical. It goes beyond the restriction a collaborative relationship because the physician is not always aware of the prescriptions processed for APRN’s family members. These relationships can be seen as a good thing because they create a system of checks and balances between healthcare professionals and patients. Moral principles are important in the medical field in order to keep the emotions of healthcare professionals from clouding their judgement.
Healthcare professionals should have a clear understanding from the beginning of their jobs to provide care that is catered to their patient’s needs and does no harm to their patient, yet some caretakers tend to walk the fine line between what is ethical and what is convenient. In Carolyn Buppert’s article, “Can I Prescribe for My Elderly Father?” , Buppert describes a situation involving nurse practitioners prescribing medications to family members for different reasons; nevertheless, this is a violation of the principle of justice because it is against the law to provide medications to family members without proper medical documentation (citation).
Since nursing homes tend to provide care to a vulnerable population they can be taken advantage of, overlooked or mistreated by staff and with residents potentially underreporting these incidents due to fear of retaliation by staff identifies this as significant ethical issues among nursing homes. The use of restraints that restricts a resident, whether physical or chemical applies to the ethical considerations within a nursing home as it not only impacts the resident, it can affect staff members and other resident’s safety. There is always the conflict between providing the resident with a fair amount of decisions regarding their activities of daily living, special accommodations, and independence. However, there is also the reflective issue of whether these freedoms impact the safety and the ability to comply with the institution's policy and how they are handled to deliver ethically appropriate customer service to those
Prinsen & van Delden (2009) also argue that coercive measures such as seclusion can be necessary in reclaiming personal autonomy and control. However this paternalistic viewpoint of overruling a patient’s autonomy is arguable especially if a person is deemed incompetent due to their mental illness. Szasz believed mental illness was mythical and the introduction of a diagnosis was merely to label social deviancy from social norms. Therefore Szasz challenged the paternalistic practices of coercive and powerful
The act of euthanising somebody can either be voluntary, in which the person believes their life is not worth living and asks for their life to be ended, or non-voluntary, in which they are unable to do so, and the decision on whether to end their life rests on doctors and family. Furthermore, there are different ways in which it could be performed: through medical intervention, (deliberately ending the patient’s life using medical equipment, such as through lethal injection), or medical non-intervention, (not making any efforts to prolong their life). Both will inevitably end the patient’s life, however, not
Existence of legal duty: Whenever a layman approaches a person who possess certain skill, or knowledge, the other party is then under an implied legal duty to act in such a manner so as to protect that person to his greatest effort and extent. The medical profession is one such section of society on which such a duty has been imposed in the strictest sense. Every time a patient visits a doctor for his ailments he does not enter into any written contract for care, but there is an implied contract and any lack of proper care can make the erring doctor liable for breach of professional duty. And if the doctor is incompetent to perform his duty it accounts for
Unintentionally is a common mistake that can cause patient harm such as medication error or wrong treatment, but these are something preventable mistake should perform a proper check before putting the patient in danger. Furthermore, the patient may feel offended by nonphysical contact –body gesture, posture, the tone of voice, verbal abuse, and questionnaire for instance. Another key point, intentionally doing is what the professionals have discussed with the patient and family member to agree to follow care plan among another healthcare team even though “do no harm” comes into play. In this case, the patient must undergo surgery to remove a tumor from brain, painful operation, but it’s necessary before the tumor has further growth and damage neurological functions. Another example, a patient in a mental health unit has gone out with anger tempting to harm others and won’t comply to staffs, so is it appropriate for staff to restrain outrage patient before some staff, other patients or oneself get hurt?
Professionals should tell patients about the costs of tests to be transparent. No doubt, testing, and screening are costly, and some may be labeled preventive care that isn’t covered by insurance may not pay for. Further testing may be better to establish a diagnosis. Repeated testing may be overwhelming to patients, but it’s preferable to giving a wrong diagnosis.
(Reid 3) The United States isn’t the only country that rations health care. Even the countries that provide medical coverage for all of their people have to rationalize, because there is no way they can afford to pay for thousands and thousands of people’s medical expenses. It’s unreal. According to Reid, in the U.S., in contrast, some people have access to just about everything doctors and hospitals can provide.
It is unprofessional for Evita to allow the parents to disclose such critical information to her and then have them witness her essentially covering for them to the physician. As a social worker I feel you face many difficult situations where you may feel bad about making your client’s situation worse, but you always need to stay professional and be able to maintain your agreement to the code of
When referring to the scenario Mr. Michael Grigio (See Appendix A), the primary issue is that Michael and his family has conflicting emotions towards the results of the test and diagnosis. It is an ethical problem because Amir’s morals conflict with the family’s ethical views. In this situation Amir has to decide whether or not he wants to tell Michael the truth. In order to provide a response we can use relational ethics. The ethical issue at hand is whether the nurse should respect the family’s wishes or disclose the truth to the patient.
Often migrants from different cultural backgrounds fear that bringing their child in for treatment may trigger social discrimination or hold the belief that some mental health services are linked to immigration services, and thus refuse to cooperate (Nadeau & Measham 2006). In the article written by Karen Zwi, she illustrates that if children are supported and protected from further stress they are more likely to recover both mentally and physically. However, in order for children to reach a state of wellbeing, it is imperative that health professionals, including