Ethical And Legal Aspects Of Nurses

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Ethical and Legal Aspects Nurses who suffer from burnout, tend to increase individual and organizational susceptibility to legal and ethical issues within the medical profession. Nurses who become burnt out or chronically overwhelmed, and disenchanted with their job, tend to suffer from emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion (Brennan, 2017). These stresses can affect the choices nurses make in negative ways. Poor choices may include a breach in ethics that will potentially impact patients, coworkers, and organizations negatively, as well as increase professional and personal liability. Nurses deal with many types of issues that are as dynamic as they are serious. Most of the time the personal impact of these dynamics are just pushed…show more content…
Daily, nurses must deal with patients and their family members and remain honest with them, even when that might mean breaking their hearts with bad news or going in after a doctor and explaining the bad news the doctor just gave them. The integrity of a nurse is his or her foundation (Scott, 2014). This means that they must continue to be courageous and steadfast, always doing what is right, even when there is pressure to do otherwise (Scott, 2014). Fighting these daily battles to remain honest and have integrity, is in and of itself a great responsibility. Allowing the overworking, understaffing, and stagnant training that contributes to burnout will lead too poor decisions and a lower ethical standard (ANA, 2017). Another aspect of ethical dilemmas nurses must deal with is to remain caring, compassionate, kind, or, benevolent toward others (Winland-Brown, Lachman, & Swanson, 2015). One reason nurses become nurses, is because they want to help others. Nurses must show up to work daily and help people in need, even when at times it seems they do not want help. Nurses must also work to do no harm, even when faced with situations where they must cause pain or discomfort in order to help someone (Neil, 2015). They must fight daily to be good leaders in their department or field, and always be accountable when it comes to themselves, their coworkers, and their patients. Benevolence becomes more difficult still as nurses leave their jobs and try to
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