Nursing Ethics and Values

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Individual Analysis
As a registered nurse practicing in the state of California I am responsible for practicing within my states legal regulations and nursing scope of practice. My concern for the welfare of the sick and injured allows me to practice ethical provisions of nursing. These are required if I am to carry out competent and effective nursing care. Nursing encompasses the prevention of illness, the alleviation of suffering, and the protection, promotion, and restoration of health in the care of individuals. Therefore, as health care professionals we must be familiar with the different philosophical forces, ethical principles, theories and values that influence nursing. At the same time, we must be respectful to our patient’s
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In addition, I attend monthly charge nurse meetings which consist of other charge nurses and the clinical director to discuss topics on ways to improve the overall safety and nursing standards of the unit.
Other important provisions to uphold are provisions eight and nine. These two provisions are very closely linked because provision eight requires that the nurse collaborates with other healthcare professionals in efforts to improve the quality of health care. This ties in with provision nine because it states that “the nurse also collaborates with other health care professionals and the public to promote community, national, and international efforts to meet health needs and for shaping social policy.” (Fowler, 2010, p. 124). For example, I am upholding provision eight by volunteering as a co-chair of a council partnership meeting (CPM) in the hospital that I work for. In CPM, we meet once a month to formulate ways to improve patient’s safety. At the same time, I am able to meet the standards of provision nine because we collaborate with others to conduct research to reform our policies and procedures to benefit our patient’s needs. To further illustrate, we recently have adopted the John Hopkins fall risk assessment score because research studies have shown that it has proven to be more effective in screening the patients based on their fall history, elimination of bladder and bowel, how many fall risk medications they are on,
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