Ethical Decision Making of a Nurse Essay

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Nurses are face with numerous ethical dilemmas each day and if theses ethical situation are not handled in a professional and ethical manner there can be severe consequences for both the nurse and the patient. When nurses are face with theses ethical dilemmas, they have a decision to make. Therefore, what does the nurse do when decision-making involves ethical dilemmas? So, has a nursing student, I have chosen to put myself in the role of a health care provider such as a nurse. It was my first day of clinical rotation and the client that I was assigned to, was due for a bath. I was not comfortable giving the patient a bath a lone, so I ask for assistance from one of my colleagues. The client was a male who was shy and soft spoken.…show more content…
The principle of autonomy states; “individuals have the right to make choices about their own lives” (Kozier et al, 2010.p.79). In health care, this means health care providers must honour the person’s right to choose methods or approaches to diagnosis or treatment (Kozier et al, 2010). Moreover, by not giving the client, the right to make her own decision this could cause anxiety and physiological effect to both parties. Which disregard the World Health Organization (WHO), definition of quality end of life care as the "active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment" (Sepúlveda, Marlin, Yoshida, & Ullrich, 2002). This definition includes meeting the psychological, social, and spiritual needs for both patients and families (Sepúlveda et al, 2002). In addition, the nurse did not put the beneficence principle in action, which “is the obligation to do good” (Kozier et al, 2010, p.80). Nurses have a duty to implement actions that benefit their client’s best interest (Kozier et al, 2010). It lays the groundwork for trust that society places in nursing professional, and provides nursing’s context and justification (Burkhardt & Nathaniel, 2002). This principle seems straight forward, but it is actually very complex. Should we determine what is good- by subjective, or by objective, means? So, when people disagree about what is good, whose opinion counts? In this case, the client, and not the family because she has the
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