Ethical Dilemma And Ethical Dilemmas

1630 Words May 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Introduction The purpose of this paper is to present an ethical dilemma, as well as describe stakeholder involvement and any policies and laws involved in this dilemma. According to Butts and Rich (2016), an ethical dilemma is defined as a complex situation in which a person must chose between two actions. Ethical dilemmas are predominant on a day to day basis in the nursing profession. When nurses face ethical dilemmas, often none of choices or options feel completely right therefore they are centered around moral importance, critical thinking, and the principle to do the most “good” for patients (Butts & Rich, 2016).
The Ethical Dilemma From working on an Obstetrical Unit in the hospital many ethical dilemmas arise, this is because we need to be advocates for both the mother and baby. This ethical dilemma in particular is centered around the topic of breastfeeding and an infants low blood glucose. As we all know, babies can either be bottle fed or breastfed. Breastfeeding offers infants with many nutrients and immunities present within the mother’s colostrum. Breastfeeding is also not the easiest, and it takes some newborn infants awhile to obtain the proper latch in order to obtain enough nutrients from breastfeeding. This being said, a breastfeeding mother on our Obstetrical Unit delivered a baby that was over 4000g and as a result of the infants weight the baby was on blood glucose monitoring per protocol. The infant’s breastfeeding was not going so well, this…
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