Nursing Code Of Ethics, Personal And Societal Values, And The Legal Aspects Of The Nursing

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Working in the nursing profession, nurses must be prepared to assess and support the diverse needs of the patient and their family. Every nurse, regardless of his or her specialty, encounters ethical challenges. However, public health nurses may face unique challenges in their distinct focus on the health of the population in addition to individuals (Haugh & Mildon, 2005). In this research paper, I will consider two case studies from the perspective of the nursing code of ethics, personal and societal values, and the legal aspects and responsibilities of the nurse.
The Nursing Code of Ethics According to the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (2015), the code “establishes the ethical standard for the profession and provides a guide for nurses to use in ethical analysis and decision-making” (p. 7). In the first case study, Laura’s condition left her unresponsive. Her family is confronted with making medical decisions for her that could impact her quality of life. The code of ethics supports the nurse in this situation though the application of the first three provisions. First, it requires compassion and respect for the individual, whether it is to the patient or her family. It places the nurse’s primary obligation to the patient and requires that the nurse advocate for the patient’s best interest. According to Gingell (2010), “ providing end of life care is expressed in terms of six obligations: providing options,…

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