Nursing ethics

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For the purpose of this assignment, ethics in relation to nursing will be discussed. "Ethics; A code of principles governing correct behaviour, which in the nursing profession includes behaviour towards patients and their families, visitorsand colleagues" (Oxford Dictionary of Nursing 2004).

This assignment will consider autonomy as identified in a practice placement, but will also look briefly at the ethical principle of non-malefience that is relevant in this assignment. It will also closely look at this issue and will describe how the principles of ethics apply to practice. In accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2004).

Any names of patients referred to in this assignment have been changed to protect their
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However, this does not mean that her fears and concerns should not be acknowledged.

Mill (1982) states "…..the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilised community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinion of others to do so would be wise, or even right" Mill (1982 p 68).

The NMC (2004) Code of Professional Conduct 3.3 states that, "When obtaining valid consent, you must be sure that it is: given by a legally competent person, given voluntarily, and informed". Crow (1983) suggests that it is the nurse 's responsibility to deliver care within the framework of agreed moral principles, for instance those reflected in the Code itself.

The principle of non-malefience should also be considered in Betty 's treatment, it would seem to be in her best interests to be treated. If the injection is the proposed treatment, the balance of harms and benefits may be such that treatment would causes distress for a short time not such that her life is intolerable. If the decision is to give the injection, then once again respect
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