Analysis Of Nightingale 's ' Nightingale '

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Jata MacCabe
Mrs. Jamieson (4)
Sociology 120
October 7 2015
Beverley Allitt: Nightingale Nightmare
Do No Harm “I will not do anything evil or malicious and I will not knowingly give any harmful drug or assist in malpractice.” Before a nurse may assume custodial responsibility over any patient, they must first pledge the Nightingale Oath. This vow states that as that as a healthcare professional your first responsibility must be assuring the safety of each patient in your care. In all healthcare facility interactions, a fundamental trust in medical professionals is required to assure timely and effective treatment —a deep-seated faith in healthcare workers assures prescribed medications and rehabilitation regimens are strictly adhered to. Professionals who have been trained in the medicinal arts have an exceptionally higher understanding of health services than their average patient, and are logically the authority on medical matters. This imbalance of knowledge and power between healthcare professional and patient, however, “creates a potentially fertile context for malicious healthcare” (Lubazka 9). In increasing number (Lubaska 10), malicious healthcare workers pervade our secure hospitals, intentionally harming and even killing the patients in their care. These Healthcare Serial Killers are “given access to both potential harmful substances and patients who [are] dependant on them for medical assistance.” (Wilson 119). Hospital residents are vulnerable and wholly…
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