Ethics Of The American Nurses Association

958 WordsOct 12, 20154 Pages
Ethics in My Major To understand what ethics are in your major and career, you must first know and understand ethics. According to the Oxford dictionary, ethics are defined as, “moral principles that govern a person 's or group 's behavior”(“Oxford Dictionary”). In this case, that group of people are nurses. You must then realize where to find your code of ethics for your particular career. For nursing, the “American Nurses Association” is a source that can be referred to. The American Nurses Association has released a documentation with the “nine provisions” outlining the code of ethics for nurses along with case examples to live by. Provision one states, “The nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person.” This provision does not mean you have to love every patient like you would your best friend, but it does mean you respect them enough to give them the level of care that you would want. The second provision states, “The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community.” When a nurse is dealing with groups or persons, a nurse is going to deal with the idea of justice. Sometimes, resources can be limited and a nurse will have to deal with how to manage or distribute those resources. Another Issues that can arise with this code of ethics is when a patient’s wishes do not align with the care. It is the nurse’s duty to work with the patient to resolve
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