The Dilemma And Ethical Issues That Nurses Often Encounter Involving Children

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Myrtle Aydelotte once said, “Nursing encompasses an art, a humanistic orientation, a feeling for the value of the individual, and an intuitive sense of ethics, and the appropriateness of action taken.” In Pediatrics, nurses are faced with many ethical challenges that reflect back to their own personal beliefs and values, in congruent with being able to provide the best quality care both ethically and legally for children without autonomy. When providing care for these patients who do not have autonomy, the nurse’s priority is to advocate and support the child and the families’ needs on a daily basis. The purpose of this ethical paper is to project the dilemma and ethical issues that nurses often encounter involving children, including those who are unable to make decisions for themselves. During my clinical experience in UCLA as a student nurse, I have come across and identified a situation that has ethical implications, which in turn made me reflect on several ethical principles. I had the privilege of caring for a young 4-year-old African American boy who presented with Sickle Cell Disease at birth, and was part of a research. He was being treated in association with UCLA’s study to enhance their knowledge about the disease. This particular study was later published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, with a monetary commitment of $20 Million dollars from the Eli and Edythe Board Foundation in 2007 (Sicklecellgaorg, 2015). Pediatric patient H.L. was undergoing

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