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Nursing Ethics and Informed Consent
A discussion of a nursing ethical dilemma involving informed consent.
# 152299 | 1,173 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 24, 2013 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Ethics (General)

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The paper discusses Provision 1.4 from the standards of nursing ethics and explains how the nurse's role in this case is complex because ethical and legal duties do not always perfectly coincide. The paper explains the issues involved in this specific case of informed consent and shows how as with most ethical dilemmas, there are a multitude of factors to consider here. The paper highlights how ethical standards make some things clear, but they do not have a cookie cutter formula that can be patently applied to every situation. In conclusion, this author asserts that as a nurse, it is our duty to combine our own personal judgment with what we know about the ethical standards and use these two factors as a guide in making ethical decisions.


From the Paper:

"The Nursing ethics standard that most applies to this case is Provision 1.4. The pertinent parts read as follows: "Patients have a moral and legal right to determine what will be done with their own person; to be given accurate, complete, and understandable information in a manner that facilitates an informed judgment; to be assisted with weighing the benefits, burdens, and available options in their treatment, including the choice of no treatment; to accept, refuse, or terminate treatment without deceit, undue influence, duress, coercion, or penalty; and to be given necessary support throughout the decision making and treatment process" (ANA, 2001).
"The state standard that most applies to this case is: "Informed consent seeks to establish the rights of the individual through self-determination. Inherent in the employee status of the professional nurse are multiple instances of role conflict that arise through the occasionally conflicting responsibilities to the patient, the family, the agency, care-providing colleagues, society, and to the advancement of knowledge. In instances of role conflict, the patient's human rights, including the right to autonomous decision making, should assume primacy" (NYSNA)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • ANA House of Delegates Provisions. Retrieved from
  • Code of Ethics With Interpretive Statements, Retrieved from 2001
  • Informed Consent, Position Statement. New York State Nursing Association, Retrieved from

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