The Code of Ethics for Nurses was created to be a guide for nurses to perform their duties in a way that is abiding with the ethical responsibilities of the nursing profession and quality in nursing care. The Code of Ethics has excellent guidelines for how nurses should behave, however; these parameters are not specific. They do not identify what is right and wrong, leaving nurses having to ultimately make that decision. Ethics in nursing involves individual interpretation based on personal morals and values. Nursing professionals have the ethical accountability to be altruistic, meaning a nurse who cares for patients without self-interest. This results in a nurse functioning as a patient advocate, making decisions that are in the best
Ethical Codes are in use today by many organizations to clearly establish their values and provide a procedure if a code violation occurs. Medical ethics began as a professional code for physicians and has now expanded and includes a variety of health care professions and health care organizations. The growth of medical knowledge and technology have grown so have the concerns that ethical standards and issues facing our society today may be compromised or not appropriately addressed (Littleton et al., 2010).
Making the right decision in nursing requires sufficient sensitivity to ethical issues , and failure to attend to ethical issues in caring may result in neglecting ethical principles and values of nursing . In workplaces where employees constantly receive many different messages, ethical messages can be overlooked, and the ethical leader can brings ethics to the attention of followers (employees) through frequent contacts and salient ethical messages  .
A philosophy of an organization helps differentiate themselves from their competitors and set a foundation for future success. It also helps shape an organization by presenting the goals they want to accomplish with specific activities. To improve this, many organizations understand the important of sharing values and goals and realize employee recognition. This helps staff from moving forward toward success of the organizations. Chapter 4 introduces “Codes of Ethics in Health Services.” Code of ethics is a guideline for healthcare professionals to accomplish and serve as a member of a society. Similar to other professions, managers have their own code of ethics in maintaining their duties and responsibilities. They also use the codes for ethical decision-making in dealing with ethical issues. Chapter 5 deals with “Organizational Responses to Ethical Issues.” It provides assistance for managers and organizations in their decision making. It is manager’s duty to figure out the problem and resolve it (Darr, 2011,
I feel that an individual should have a foundation in ethics in relation to health care. It is important because the community puts their trust into health care organizations and professionals. According to Flite and Harman (2013), an organization must have a code of ethics in order to maintain the community’s trust.
As the nursing profession progresses throughout the years, its nature becomes more complex in meeting the professional standards and codes of ethics that are required by all nurses. The American Nurses Association has a specific code of ethics that each nurse should follow and adopt as their own beliefs. The public and the patients should be the priority when providing care in the healthcare setting. The knowledge and education that nurses’ gain is valuable and allows them to encourage health, avoid illness, restore health, and aid in coping for those who are all ill. (LeMone, pp.192) Given that the code of ethics is put into place, there are many registered nurses who violate these codes in various situations. The following will discuss
Ethics, or also referred to as moral philosophy, helps determine when things are right and when things are wrong. To kill or not to kill? To abuse or not to abuse? To hurt or not to hurt? In the nursing profession, as in all major health professional fields, nurses are bound to a certain Nurse’s Code of Ethics (Kelly, 2010). Obey the code, and a registered nurse can potentially live a long healthy career in the nursing field. Violate the nurse’s code of ethics, and one can seek penalties including but not limited to fines, fees, revocation, license suspension, probation, and even imprisonment. So what exactly happens to a Nurse who disobeys the code of ethics? The case between the State of Florida vs Mr. D.R.O. helps in getting a better understanding of what happens when a registered healthcare professional, in this case a Nurse, challenges the nursing code of ethics. Is the verdict appropriate in the defendant’s case? Were the consequences adequately applicable to the damages the defendant imposed? How can future and active registered nurses avoid situations like this in their career? Although the concept of ethics and the answers to some of these questions can seem common sense to most of us, in some cases, our minds can be clouded or disturbed
Following the appropriate ethics is of extreme importance in the nursing profession. “Ethics are of universal concern and crucial in all professional healthcare” (Gustafsson & Stenberg, 2017, p.420). The leading goal in nursing is to achieve patient-centered care. According to Arnold and Boggs (2016), “Patient centered care focuses on fully partnering with the client to provide care that incorporates his or her values and preferences to give safe, caring, compassionate and effective care” (p.25). In order to provide a well-grounded, caring environment, nurses need to be able to balance their personal differences with the ethical care standards they are obligated to provide patients (Gustafsson & Stenberg, 2017). Nurses spend the most time with patients; therefore, they eventually will develop a “sense of rightness” (Gustfasson & Stenberg, 2017, p.420).
The American Nursing Association (ANA) is a professional organization that supports over 3.1 million nursing professionals in the areas by providing high standards of nursing practice, supporting the rights of nurses in the workplace, exhibiting a progressive and sincere view on nursing, and by raising awareness regarding regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. (American Nurses Association, 2013) In 2001, the ANA presented its updated version of the Code of Ethics for the nursing field. (Bosek & Savage, 2007, p.57) The Code of Ethics contains nine provisions which illustrate the responsibilities
For the purpose of this discussion I chose to focus on the importance of ethics as an essential core competency for nurse practitioners (NP). In essence, nursing ethics is a set of shared values or principles that govern the way NP interact with patients, their families, and other health care professionals. Ethic competencies comprise delivering high standards of care, advocating for patient’s rights, and being an unbiased compassionate
Seventeen centuries after physicians were instructed by Hippocrates to “Abstain from every voluntary act of Mischief and Corruption”, this early oath remains the foundation for most of the ethical codes of healthcare professions. According to Stephen Resnick, exploitation can be defined as “Taking unfair or unjust advantage of another person for one’s benefit or advantage without compensation or benefit to that other person.”
Every day health care professionals, especially nurses grapple with ethical challenges. However, sometimes, ethics are not discussed, but when they are ignored, nurses burn out. Sometimes they leave their jobs. One of the biggest ethical dilemmas nurses faces every day is the staffing shortage impacts which quality of care declining. However, hospitals never support the nurses because lately, healthcare became about cost, not quality.
Nurses are caring for vulnerable patients in healthcare organizations and face ethical, moral, and legal dilemmas or conflicts daily in the workplace situation. Nurse managers are responsible for quality of care, staff welfare and to hold organization’s values (Aitamaa, Leino-Kilpi, Iltanen, & Suhonen, 2016). The purpose of this paper is to discuss the ethical conceptual frameworks, to address an ethical dilemma as an advocate and to express how the identified leadership style impacted on solving the dilemma.
Ethical issues in healthcare present themselves to nurses on a day to day basis. These issues affect our daily nursing practice and ultimately patient safety and patient outcomes. A code of ethics exists for nurses in order to support nursing practice. It provides nurses with values and virtues necessary to practice (American Nurse Association, 2017). Nurse educators are also faced with ethical issues such as unprofessionalism, hostile work environments, academic dishonesty, and breaches in confidentiality (National League of Nursing, 2012). Ethical issues not only involve faculty and students, but also involve other the nursing education processes such as online education. The purpose of this paper is to document a code of ethics for nurse educators regardless of their teaching area.
A code of ethics is a set of written principles regarding conduct and behavior created by the organization to serve as a guide. The purpose of ethical codes is to give its employees, management, and any interested party a reference point that adheres to company policy, standards, and ethical beliefs. The code is made visible to the public to ensure professional integrity, quality, and to prevent misguided conduct. Regardless of the organization or governing body a code serves as a go-to guide because ethical issues can stem from anywhere at any given time. The Code of Ethics for Nurses is so dynamic because as technology changes, so does the code to ensure that updated knowledge is provided to healthcare workers as they address new ethical