An Understanding Of Ethical, Professional And Legal Values

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Nursing is a difficult profession, it is expected that nurses behave in an ethically acceptable way. Within healthcare both ethics and morals are used interchangeably though, sometimes there are recognisable distinction Melia (2014). They are expected to gain an understanding of ethical decision-making necessary for resolution of problems and dilemmas both professionally and personally. The nursing and midwifery council (2015) is a document of rules that state how nurses are expected to carry themselves and practice in order to provide the best care. The nursing and midwifery council (2015) document as well as a number of relevant ethical principles and theories such as beneficence, non-maleficence and deontology will be referred to throughout the assignment, in relation to the nursing professionals actions. Legal documents including the Human rights act (1998), The health act (2006) and The mental capacity act (2005) will be included alongside this case when needed. This assignment will demonstrate an understanding of ethical, professional and legal values that come together in the nursing field through a fabricated scenario. The scenario will refer to the patients as Mr Ahmed and Mr Arnold; it will also make reference to the ward sister and a first year student. In the scenario under review whistle blowing and accountability are questioned. The case study that is being analysed follows the incorrect administration of oramorph for two patients. After being informed by a

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