Personal Ethics

889 WordsMar 18, 20114 Pages
Personal Ethics Ethics is a moral guide that helps a person understands right from wrong. A person’s moral guide is developed by how they were raised, the books they read, the experiences they have lived through, religious beliefs, and cultural beliefs. These experiences allow a person to learn right from wrong, good from bad through their own and other’s experiences and creating their own set of ethics. People take their set of ethics into their personal and professional life and continue to develop them throughout life. This paper will look at ethics, morals, and values from the author’s point of view. A professional moral compass is developed by intertwining the professional education and personal morals. The professional moral…show more content…
The author is obligated to treat the patient but must go against her philosophy that everyone deserves to be treated respectfully and with dignity. An ethical dilemma that the author often thinks about would be with patient who is admitted with an aortic aneurysm and dissection. The dilemma is that the patient has the same diagnosis her father died from. When her father was admitted to the hospital with the aortic aneurysm and dissection, everyone told the family that he would be just fine and aneurysm would heal. However, after her father’s death, she researched the diagnosis and found that the prognosis is not good. How does the author would handle this situation? Some of the questions the nurse asks herself are: Does she, who knows and understand the disease process, tell the family that the patient will be fine or does she, give the family the facts? Does she ask to be reassigned due to the close nature of the diagnosis? Does she simply treat the patient and not say anything about his being fine or not? Does she defer any questions to the doctor? Fortunately, this ethical dilemma has not occurred yet but hopefully the author will be able to handle the situation if and when it occurs. Each person has their own set of ethics. Ethics begin to develop as soon as a person is born and continue to develop throughout life. Ethics is that little voice

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