Nursing Ethics: A Case Study of a Personal Hygiene Issue
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The paper focuses on a case of a 76-year old patient living in a long-term care facility who has a strong odor and discusses how the steps taken to resolve this issue must be taken with sensitivity, acceptance, and a lack of prejudice. The paper argues that the nurse must first go through a critical thinking process in order to validate the accuracy of his or her belief and then must carefully evaluate the effectiveness of what must be done in order to rectify the problem. The paper highlights the importance of using critical thinking to come up with a plan of action and relates that it is the nurse's ethical duty to handle the issue with beneficence, justice, and respect for the patient. The paper concludes that approaching the patient with kindness and support is the first step to rectifying the problem as there may be easy fixes, and the second step, if necessary, is to come up with an intervention that is both beneficent and respectful of the patient.
From the Paper:"A nurse's job is to advocate for patients' rights. A patient has the right to autonomy which is comprised of a person's own set of beliefs, information that doesn't coerce, and sound reasoning that considers every alternative. A nurse is a person who wants to do good, treat people fairly, keeps promises, tells the truth (being honest with patients, families, and peers), is responsible for his or her actions and keeps a patient's confidentiality. One of the issues that nurses may come up against is the inconvenience that goes along with aging and illness. It is a nurse's job to remain sensitive to this issue. In the case of this 76-year old patient living in the long-term care facility who has a strong odor coming from his person, the steps taken to resolve this must be taken with sensitivity, acceptance, and a lack of prejudice.
"Alfaro-LeFevre (2008) states that critical thinkers are active thinkers, fair minded and open minded, empathic, good communicators, honest, realistic, humble and committed to excellence - among other qualities. In coming to a conclusion about what to do in this situation, the nurse must first go through a critical thinking process in order to validate the accuracy of his or her belief (2008) or any assumptions that they have made regarding the issue at hand."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Alfaro-LeFevre, R. (2009). Applying nursing process: promoting collaborative care. Lippincott- Williams & Wilkins; Fifth Edition.
- Alfaro-LeFevre, R. (2008). Critical thinking and clinical judgment: a practical approach to outcome-focused thinking. Elsevier Health Sciences; 4th Edition.
- Butts, J.B., & Rich, K.L. (2007). Nursing ethics: across the curriculum and into practice. Jones & Bartlett Publishing Company; 2 Revised Edition edition.
- Smeltzer, S.C., Bare, B.G., Hinkle, J.L., & Cheever, K.H. (2008). Textbook of medical surgical nursing: in two volumes. Lippincott-Williams & Wilkins; Eleventh North American Edition edition.
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