Shannon Whalen September 11, 2010 Course 213 Section 2W2 Section 1: Nursing Code of Ethics Provision 1. The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems. Provision 2. The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community. Provision 3. The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient. Provision 4. The nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of …show more content…
While the patient must tell the truth so should the nurse, this will help the nurse give the best care and it will also help the patient by receiving correct care. Since the nurse is responsible and accountable for the patient’s care then having the truth about the health needs is a major necessity. The nurse is also responsible with delegating tasks to other health care providers when the need arises, so knowing as much correct information will make a huge difference in the health care of the patient. Provision 5. The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence, and to continue personal and professional growth. Autonomy - this principle means that it is a form of personal liberty; the individual is free to make choices and to implement those decisions, free from deceit, duress, constraint or coercion. The nurse has the right to make choices that will benefit the patient and the decision to implement them without fear of being reprimanded. The nurse has gone to school to learn the trade of caring for people and has the competence to use what has been learned. Nurses are also learning everyday while on the job and their knowledge is continuing to grow from this. Provision 6. The nurse participates in establishing, maintaining, and improving health care environments and conditions of employment conducive to the provision of
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Nursing encompasses various roles, inclusive of providing beneficial care, supporting patient autonomy and patient advocacy. Patients are capable of designating the direction of their medical care, possessing rights to refuse and accept proposed procedures according to the Patient Self Determination Act of 1990 which mandates patients be given information regarding their rights and abilities to prepare Advance Directives.
A nurse is given an opportunity to help patients, either if its by helping them through a very serious sickness or just helping a patient get to the bathroom on time, or a time when happiness is overfilling the room and a child is being born. Registered nurses provide a wide variety of patient care services (Mitchell, p.12). A Nurse must always know where to begin and where to stop, as any other career in the health field there is always something that cannot be done by everyone but only the certified person, a nurse must always remain inside her scope of practice to prevent any misunderstandings. A nurse must also follow a code of ethics , the code of ethics of the American Association of Medical Assistants states that a nurse should at all times render service with full respect and dignity of humanity, respect confidential information obtained by a patients file, uphold the honor and high principles the profession and accept its discipline, and last but not least always want to improve her services to better serve the health and well being of the community. (Mitchell, p.65).
The roles and responsibility of a nurse are that most nurses face moral problems similar to these faces by the physician as well as a moral problem uniquely related to their professional role thus nurse must sometimes choose between doing what they believe will promote patients well-being and the respecting the patient ’ self-determination. Lisa explained the role as a role, is a “norm-governed patterns of action that undertaken in accordance with the social expectations” (Lisa page 690). Thus, the ability to serve and work according to the
The second category of provisions relates to the nurse’s responsibility to maintain their own proficiency and health environments, delegate appropriately, preserve integrity, and keep their practice and competence current. It is crucial that nurses are proficient and maintain competency in order to deliver high quality care to patients. "The virtue of professional competence calls for continual professional growth and a commitment to lifelong learning. You must practice nursing that’s evidence-based, be knowledgeable about the scope and standards of nursing practice, and have the necessary skills to perform nursing tasks effectively” [ (Lachman, 2008, p. 44) ].
Nursing profession is constantly changing with the development of new technologies that lead to a new level of responsibility. The new level of responsibility challenges nurses torespond to different and difficultsituations in the health care industry, especially in protecting the human right, dignity of patients and their safety. Nurses hold adistinctive position as patient advocates, regardless of their respective areas of practice; either in a home health, clinic, or in a hospital setting. Nursesare faced with ethical decisions, both personal and professional decisions.
I chose to analyze provision three contained in the American Association Code of Ethics. Provision three explores a nurses daily duty as it relates to patient rights as well as safety and patient privacy. In addition to other healthcare related responsibilities a nurse is effectively, a valuable patient advocate who must work to ensure that patients are treated fairly and competently, not only from the nursing staff, but all caregivers. (American Nurses Association). If a situation concerning incompetent care from other healthcare providers should arise, the nurse must assess issue on behalf of the patient and initiate action to have the issue corrected.
Provision 4. Nurses should practice within the scope of practice and consult specialist as soon as needed and the nurse must collaborate care of the patient they care for
I chose the ANA’s provision 7 to focus on which states “the nurse, in all roles and settings, advances
In provision 3.4 it discusses that nursing is consistently reviewing policies, and looking at ways to increase patient safety, reduce errors, and promote patient health. Also, it discusses that nursing educators teach and ensure competency in in new nurses, before they are able to practice on their own. Some ways nurses can help in this process is, by following current safety standards that help reduce errors, such as: checking patient armbands and verifying birthday and patient, name with the patient. Other ways are, ensuring adequate staffing is provided, based on the acuity of patients, in an effort to reduce the nurses stress. Also as a nurse reporting when errors occur, so that policies can be either reviewed or new policies can be put in place to help prevent the error from occurring again. Student nurse can help by speaking up when they are in need of further teaching on a matter, asking for help when unsure on how to perform a task they have been given, and by taking in as much knowledge as they can during their nursing school
Sets requirements to enter the profession, establishes and enforces standards of nursing practice, and assures the quality of practice of the profession and the continuing competence of nurses.
First is the principal of beneficence which “requires nurses to act in ways that benefit patients” (Burkhardt, 2014, p.69). This principle tells us that one should promote good, prevent harm and remove evil or harm.
“Concepts of autonomy and right to self determination acknowledge patients’ rights to make their own choices and to take actions based on their personal views and perceived benefits. Healthcare providers have an ethical obligation
Provision 2: The nurse 's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community. The nurse dishonored this code of ethics, because the nurse was unable to be committed to the patient with the barrier of not having enough time to care for the patient’s and
Nurses and nursing staff should treat everyone in their care with dignity and humanity and should understand individual needs, show compassion and sensitivity, and provide care in a