The Ethics Of Mental Health Nursing

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In order to address the moral theory and moral principles that underpin the ethics of mental health nursing, I intend to demonstrate how clinical decision making mental health nursing is formulated based on the chosen moral principles of beneficence, non-maleficence and ‘respect for autonomy’ (NHS, 2015). I will also be considering the influence of consequentialist theory in mental health nursing, as I believe this to be the ethical core of the debate.
Consequentialist theory dictates that moral justification for the clinical rationale process by health professionals lies in the result of the process as a whole. This ‘all or nothing’ view of mental healthcare can be seen as the conceptual ancestor of modern day ‘best interest’ practices, and an ethical chrysalis that patient advocacy can also draw its roots. (Miller-Keane, 2003)
From our given scenario (see appendix); some of the staff that believe Paul should be restrained into the bath in order to stave off further illness, despite the distress that this process would cause him, logically this the most appropriate course of action, as it was not morally justifiable to cause distress to the patient in order to alleviate a more pressing need. if however the continuation of suffering through the lack of action regarding Paul’s physical healthcare deterioration, is held to be the highest moral regard, the very act of omission or failing to act where it was reasonably practicable for the team to intervene in his healthcare,

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