Nursing Profession: The patient-nurse Relationship

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The nursing profession is one that provides care, collaborates with others, and provides education in a variety of different settings. I choose to work in the field of nursing to advance my career from an operating room technician to a medical-surgical nurse. I enjoy the sensation of helping others and assisting with the surgical fixation of a medical complication. The American Nurses Association (ANA) created the nursing code of ethics to ensure proper moral care, goals, values, and professional obligations of the nurse where known. The nursing code of ethics is as follows:
Provision 1: The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every
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Provision 9: The profession of nursing, as represented by associations and their members, is responsible for articulating nursing values, for maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice, and for shaping social policy (Code of ethics, 2001).

Personal Reflection
A. The nursing field assists a variety of different people through the health care system and the nurse must develop a moral imagination to morally care for clients with ethical views unlike their own. One must first look at their own ethical morals of the situation, understand the difference in view, and provide proficient care to the client regardless. Knowledge of the many different cultures, disparities, and views that individuals can practice will create an understanding of opposing views so the needs of the client can be put first. Not only must the nurse address the ethical dilemmas faced, but also consider acting in accordance with the facility’s code of ethics and policies.
B. Ethical issues occur often in the nursing field and one must always choose the best option not for oneself, but for the client. For example, the client may be refusing his medication because he believes that he does not need it. The nurse on the other hand, has an order from the physician to administer the prescribed medication, but the client has the right to refuse. The
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