How the Core of Nursing Helps to Prevent Abuse in Age Care

637 Words Jan 6th, 2018 3 Pages
Is it right? Is it justifiable? Of course, the answer is no. The nursing profession has a code of ethics, just like other professions that spell out what professional behavior is acceptable in the profession. The code of ethics puts accountability on nurses to show compassion, dignity, and respect to patients and others alike. As patients go through the aging process, they lose abilities for activities of daily living and sometimes dementia sets in causing elderly patients to sometimes become irritable and combatable. This creates tough situations for nurses. Nurses can have foul language and, even punches, thrown at them. The ability to handle the situation without showing disrespect or abuse to the patient takes a great deal of training, care, and thought. The nurse, in all professional relationships, must practice with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems. (Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements) Nurses are accountable for the respect of human needs and values, as well as, the worth, dignity, and rights of the patient, whether moral or legal, regardless of the nature of the health problems. Nurses are also responsible for respect, compassion, and caring in the…