The Nurse And The Physician

1575 Words Oct 12th, 2015 7 Pages
The nurse and the physician did not utilize moral reasoning, a process of considering and selecting approaches to resolve ethical issues, when giving information about a “Do not resuscitate (DNR)” form to the husband of the patient in ICU (Zerwekh, 2013, p. 420). When the physician showed the husband the DNR form, it stated that the physician pointed out what they could do for the patient. In this case, it is perceived that the physician highlighted the parts of the DNR form that would coerce the husband into signing the form, while leaving out what the hospital will no longer do for his wife once this form is signed. In a study, it was found that many physicians lack the specific communication skills that result in complete informed consent in client’s (Yuen, Reid, & Fetters, 2011, p. 795). In this case, the husband trusted the nurse and physician and was not properly educated on what a DNR entitles, therefore he blindly signed without informed consent.
What ethical principles are applicable? Explain your rationale.
There are several ethical principles that are applicable in this situation. One ethical principle applied by the nurse is Beneficence; which is defined as the duty to actively do good for patients. The doctor had examined the condition of the patient’s heart and came to the conclusion that the damage was too extensive and that further health measures would not benefit the patient. After the doctor had explained the patient’s condition to the patient’s…
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