The Code And The Deontological Decision Making Model

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The first version of the code of ethics was named after Florence Nightingale in 1893. Designed after medicine’s Hippocratic Oath, the author, Lystra Gretter, believed that Florence Nightingale exemplified the “highest ideals of nursing” (Fowler, 2010, p. xiii) and wrote the “Florence Nightingale Pledge” in her honor. To this day, nursing schools all over the country, recite this, or similar versions at, at graduation. This public expression of nursing’s values, commitments, and duties was the foundation for the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (The Code) that is so well known today. The Code is a “nonnegotiable ethical standard” that “provides a succinct statement of the ethical values, obligations and duties of every individual who enters the nursing profession” ("ANA," 2016). Using The Code and the deontological decision-making model, the author of this paper will analyze the case scenario provided, and resolve the ethical dilemma.
The ethical dilemma in this case involves a 6-year-old child who was diagnosed with meningitis. The divorced parents are of different religious beliefs, and have differing opinions regarding treatment. The ethical problems are multifaceted. The author of this paper believes the primary ethical prototype is the ethical dilemma of whether or not to treat the child. Defined as “a situation that involves two (or more) morally correct courses of action that cannot both be followed” (Purtilo &

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