Ethical Dilemmas Of Health Care

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Ethical Dilemmas in Health Care
Nurses are constantly challenged by changes which occur in their practice environment and are under the influence of internal or external factors. Due to the increased complexity of the health system, nowadays nurses are faced with ethical and legal decisions and often come across dilemmas regarding patient care. From this perspective a good question to be raised would be whether or not nurses have the necessary background, knowledge and skills to make appropriate legal and ethical decisions. Even though most nursing programs cover the ethical and moral issues in health care, it is questionable if new nurses have the depth of knowledge and understanding of these issues and apply them in their practice environment. Unfortunately in some cases, nursing educators stress more on finding the right solution, and do not emphasize as much on the process of how the correct decision can be made. Many experienced nurses confess that “their exposure to the legal and ethical issues has been more of an on the job training rather than a concept they have previously learned before becoming licensed practitioners.”(Lazaro, 2004)
Ethical Dilemma
By definition an ethical dilemma is a moral problem that involves two or more courses of action that are morally correct and mutually exclusive (Lazaro, 2004). “A dilemma seems to defy a satisfactory solution.” (Burkhardt, 2014, p.152).
In this case study the ethical dilemma is if Jill should alter the medical records…
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