Ethical Dilemmas Of An Ethical Dilemma

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“An ethical dilemma is a situation in which an individual is compelled to choose between two actions that will affect the welfare of a sentient being, and both actions are reasonably justified as being good…” (Butts & Rich, 2016, p. 55). In everyday nursing practice, many nurses are faced with various ethical dilemmas that occur between patients, their family, and healthcare professionals. Many healthcare professionals work on common goals to provide patients with the safest and highest quality care. However, some doctors’ poor or bad orders lead nurses into ethical dilemmas that are not evidence-based practice or are not consistent with the nursing standards of practice. Following the doctor’s order can risk patients’ safety, which also violates ethical principles such as beneficence and nonmaleficence. However, in a clinical environment, nurses’ practices are deeply intertwined with doctors’ practices in the delivery of health care, which requires collaboration in each profession. As a registered nurse, when faced with this situation, I experienced an ethical conflict of what to put first: patient safety or friendly relationships with doctors. The purpose of this paper is to identify ethical dilemmas that can arise between a nurse and a doctor due to a doctor’s poor practices that threaten patients’ well-being and safety. This paper also deals with how to solve this conflict with respect for each other’s professions.
Toren and Wagner (2010) suggest that nurses…

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