Ethical Dilemmas Of An Ethical Dilemma

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Introduction In every nurse’s career there are times when you have to decide when to do the right thing regardless of what you want to do. These decisions are not easy to make and often create ethical dilemmas. Situations will arise and nurses have a duty to protect the patients and themselves. This paper will outline a significant event in my practice that caused an ethical dilemma. Clinical Situation Ethical dilemmas are defined situations in which, there is a choice to be made between two options, neither of which resolves the situation in an ethically acceptable fashion (Your Dictionary). I had not been practicing as a nurse for long when I had to face an ethical dilemma. At the time, I was working at a long-term care…show more content…
As defined, privacy is the freedom to not be observed or intruded upon without authorization and to control access to one’s personal information (Fowler, 2015). When the nurse snapped a picture of a patient without their consent, she was violating that patient’s right to privacy. Although, the person she sent the photo to may not have known the patient, and the patient did not see her take the photo, it is still an infringement of privacy. It is the nurse’s duty to protect the patient’s right. The ANA says confidentiality and privacy are at the top of the list of patient rights that nurses must protect (Fowler, 2015). Literature Review When faced with ethical dilemmas, it is tough to know where to turn and can leave nurses with different emotions. However, there are different resources that nurses can turn to that can help them work through dilemmas. The first article I found that had resources for nurses during an ethical dilemma was written by Debora Wood, RN. In this article titled “10 Best Practices for Addressing Ethical Issues and Moral Distress”, she gave nurses several suggestions of places they can turn to for help. These resources she included were Nurse Managers, ethics experts, professional associations, and outside counseling (Wood, 2014). Another article I

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