Ethical Dilemmas And Moral Courage

1473 WordsNov 16, 20146 Pages
Abstract In today’s healthcare environment nurses are faced with increasingly intricate ethical dilemmas. We encounter these dilemmas in situations where our ability to do the right thing is continuously delayed by conflicting values and beliefs of other healthcare providers. There are many nurses who face these ethical issues head on and others who put it aside. Keeping our commitment to patients requires moral courage. Moral courage aids us in addressing ethical issues and making the correct decision when it is being contradicted. It involves the willingness to speak out and do what is right in the face of forces that would lead us to act in an unethical way. Nurses who have moral courage and advocate in the best interest of the client may have to endure adverse outcomes. It is important that nurses begin to create a work environment in which moral courage is supported. Nurses in all types of settings face ethical dilemmas. An ethical dilemma is a complex situation that often involves an apparent mental conflict between moral imperatives, in which to obey one would result in transgressing another. Having moral courage as a nurse in the healthcare environment is very important. A nurse who presents moral courage stands up to ethical issues that may affect the client and even themselves. As nurses it is our responsibility to put our patient first, and that includes fighting for what is right and not being put in situations in which our ability to provide care
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