What Is Ethical Dilemmas In Nursing

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Ethical dilemmas are common in healthcare. Ethical dilemmas are capable of putting patients and their health at risk, and should be addressed as soon as they come up. When a nurse experiences an ethical dilemma, there are several steps to take in order to come up with a solution to the problem. There are nine provisions in the ANA Code of Ethics available to help guide these practice decisions.
Students who cheat in nursing school put the lives of their future patients at risk. By cheating, these students are not learning the information, and will not be able to properly care for patients. Cheating may actually result in unethical professional practice in the future if these students gain RN licensure. Provisions five and six of the Code of Ethics address ethical dilemmas related to moral violations, such as cheating.
According to Butts and Rich (2016), Provision five of the ANA Code of Ethics states that “the nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to promote health and safety, preserve wholeness of character and integrity, maintain competence, and continue personal and professional growth” (p. 475). Section 5.4
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478). Section 6.1 discusses moral virtues and doing the right thing. These virtues give nurses examples of how they should act, and are what make a nurse a morally good person (Butts & Rich, 2016, p. 479). Honesty is an attribute of moral character that is expected of nurses. Butts & Rich (2016) explained that nurses have to create, maintain, and contribute to morally good environments in order to motivate other nurses to be virtuous (p. 479). Nursing students are also expected to be honest and maintain morally good
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