Moral And Ethical Values Of Whistle Blowing In Nursing

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Whistle Blowing in Nursing The nursing profession is one of high moral and ethical values. The cornerstone of the nursing profession is providing care for patients in their time of need and always being a patient advocate. Like all fields of practice, nursing is not free from controversy and concern. In times of conflict, it is important that nurses remember to advocate for the right choice, even when faced with fear of retaliation or retribution. This is especially true when the conflict involves patient care. Whistle blowing is categorized in two ways, either internal or external. Internal whistle blowing involves a party within the organization reporting an issue or concern through the chain of command in an attempt to resolve the issue from within. External whistle blowing involves an outside party reporting an issue or concern, typically in a broad and public manner. External whistle blowing is often more detrimental to an organization as the public becomes aware of the issue and this exposure of wrong doing typically brings negative attention, which can impact the organization’s success. Regardless of the category, being the person responsible for whistle-blowing takes a great deal of courage. The fear of retaliation is often debilitating, especially in the work place as the fear of being fired or facing negative repercussions can have a huge impact on an individual and their livelihood. This fear often prevents nurses from reporting issues and concerns; however, it is important that, as nurses, the right choices is always advocated for.
Cultural Influences Whistle-blowing is extremely difficult; however, nurses in the minority often have a higher chance of retaliation, not being taken seriously, or failing to report wrong doing as a result of their respect for authority. Several minority cultures have been taught, through their cultural norms, that challenging authority is not acceptable. This is particularly true in the Asian and African culture. As a result of this cultural conditioning, when a member of authority is making decisions that could potentially be dangerous to either patients or staff, the minority nurse is less likely to challenge their decision. This issue is compounded if the

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