This paper explores the legal, ethical and moral issues of three healthcare colleagues by applying the D-E-C-I-D-E model as a foundation of decision making as found in Thompson, Melia, and Boyd (2006). Issues explored will be those of the actions of registered nurse (RN) John, his fiancé and also registered nurse (RN) Jane and the Director of Nursing (DON) Ms Day. Specific areas for discussion include the five moral frameworks, autonomy, beneficence, Non – maleficence, justice and veracity in relation with each person involved as supported by Arnold and Boggs (2013) and McPherson (2011). An identification and review of the breached code of ethics and the breached code of conduct in reference with the Nursing, Council, and Federation…show more content… Griffith & Tengnah 2010 states:
Accountability is a fundamental concept crucial to the protection of the public and individual patients, particularly where they are vulnerable adults or children (p. 2).
His actions do however have potential in being considered ethical in regards to all countries being entitled to access equitable resources for healthcare (Nursing et al., 2008).
John disregards his responsibility for providing non-harmful care in an appropriate manner whilst trying to practice without a prejudicial attitude. This highly expresses the concern for the health consumer and towards access to quality nursing and health care for all as stated in VS 4.
John does not appear to show any moral self-respect or restraint towards his professional practice which is in unity with value statement 5 (Nursing et al., 2008).
In disregarding value statement 6 RN John is possibly hindering the health and lives of many people instead of helping them. Introducing medical equipment supposed to be disposed of to assist third world countries has significant risks associated with impacting the health care issues throughout the whole population (Popp et al., 2010). An issues in itself as all healthcare professionals and clients have a moral obligation and right to practice in a safe environment (Nursing et al., 2008). This effect can have risk to patients, for example, by causing harm from infection with hepatitis B, C or HIV