In Jean Watson?s theory, ?caring requires the nurse to have a deep connection to the spirit within the self and to the spirit within the patient? (Lachman, 2012, p. 112), but, on a practical basis, cultivating such a close relationship with a patient may prove to be challenging. The emphasis on a transpersonal caring experience that transcends the self may be difficult to insert in a practical fashion into a busy nurse?s daily tasks when nurses are understaffed and have little time. However, many nurses resist the notion that care should be the primary ethical defining value of nursing, given that this female-dominated profession has often been denigrated as merely giving care, versus using evidence-based medicine (Woods, 2011). But defenders of an ethic of care in leadership stress the need for caring versus curing as an antidote to medicine which is purely ends-focused.
Even in the case of a colleague, it is said that staying silent ‘’protects” our colleagues should not be encouraged, as silence only maintains the disease. 7.4 Current research: Recently, it is said that ethics are a personal matter as everyone has an individual concept of what is good and what is evil. The nurses, in performing their various roles irrespective of their area of practice, encounter ethical dilemmas, and make some ethical decisions that has impacts on both nurses and their patients. 8. Personal Moral Beliefs and Values: This is taken from module 8.2 of BMN03 of the Ethical Issues in Nursing Practice.
If we as nurses respect the confidentiality of a patient, we should do so for all the patients. However, Griffith (2007) argues that the duty of confidence should not be absolute and nurses should always consider sharing information if required. Though the principle of respecting patient autonomy and their right to confidentiality is broken here, the principle of beneficence and non-maleficence is uphold. Nurses have an obligation to protect patient’s confidentiality but the duty to warn an innocent party of imminent harm is far more critical. Therefore, breaking confidentiality here is potentially doing more good than
Justice is justice, the principle of justice, this is the basis of nursing actions for a nurse to do justice in each patient, meaning that every patient is entitled to the same action. The principle of Justice is needed to terpai the same and fair towards others who uphold moral principles, legal and humanitarian. This value is reflected in the professional prkatek when nurses worked for the correct therapy according the law, standard practices and beliefs to obtain quality health
Ethical Decision Making While working with clients, nurses will have many instances when they need to call on nursing ethics to deal with difficult situations. Moral or ethical principles are fundamental values about the way patients should be cared for and treated. These principles include autonomy, justice, fidelity, veracity, beneficence, and nonmaleficence (Zerwekh & Garneau, 2018, p. 420). Nurses who do not follow the Code of Ethics for Nurses could find themselves in legal trouble. They also may face a higher risk of being involved in a situation that could lead to disciplinary charges or malpractice litigation.
They were just meant to assist the physician during treatment, assist in the patients personal hygiene administer medication that is prescribed by the physician and dress wounds. These were just things that any woman could do. Nursing demands much more now as they are educators, client advocate, and managers. More so it is a requisite for any field of endeavour to attain professional status, it is actually an attribute of a profession. Professional Autonomy in Nursing refers to the ability of the nurse to act based on her knowledge and judgement.
Ethics is the moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity (Oxford Dictionary, 2015). Nurses face ethical dilemmas on a daily basis irrespective of where they practice. No matter where nurses work in their diverse roles, they are faced with ethical choices that can affect them and their patients (Fant, 2012). There is no “right” solution to an ethical issue. An ethical dilemma is a problem deprived of an adequate resolution.
Patients who are violent towards hospital staff should be refused treatment Nurses should adopt the ethical principle of deontology and promote good, not harm. There is a binding duty for nurses based on morality. Moreover, there is a strong emphasis of the moral importance of cultivating virtuous character traits such as empathy and compassion in nurses. As virtue ethics are inculcated in medical and nursing students, they ought to have an ethic of care, without biasness, when carrying out treatment plan for all patients (Staunton & Chiarella, 2017). Hospital staff should embrace the ethical principle of beneficence - to actively do ‘good’ to all patients.
This essay will discuss the core professional values of nursing and how they are important for the delivery of safe, high quality care. Competent and compassionate nursing care of the sick has a long tradition as a valued public service in Ireland. However, several reports, including Lees Cross 2006, Aras Attrachta 2013,2015, Portlaoise 2014, have challenged this position. The core values were reaffirmed in Ireland in 2016 (Department of Health, 2016) These values are identified and agreed as Caring, Compassion, and Commitment they advise basic leadership by guiding each nurse and midwife to deliver safe, effective, high quality holistic care. NMBI (2016) states Values are the imbued rule that guide the activities of nurses and midwifes.
Beneficence is the core principle that refers to the act of ‘doing good’ and advocating for the patient. All nurses should take positive actions to help their patients and to have the desire to do good. On the other hand, nonmaleficence is the core of the nursing ethics and it revolves around the idea that nurses have to remain competent in their field as to avoid causing injury or harm to patients. Nonmaleficence also requires all health care professionals to report any suspected abuse. The last ethical principle is justice.