Personal Ethics from a Nurse's Perspective
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This paper relates the nurse's philosophy that her primary ethical obligation is to enhance the health and sense of well-being of her patients, promoting the patient's comfort and physical health while sustaining his or her emotional and social health. This author notes that she must also observe appropriate patient confidentiality and the laws of the land and the policies of the unit on which she works regarding how to treat patients, and she must also be professional, and not simply project personal beliefs onto the patient and his or her family. This nurse discusses how her most difficult dilemmas have occurred when organizational decisions conflict with her ethical principles, such as when she feels that nurses are overburdened with too many patients or are being scheduled for more hours than is healthy. The paper concludes that ethical issues will always arise and nurses and medical institutions must prepare to deal with such issues with discussion, debate and training.
From the Paper:"As a nurse on a hemodialysis unit, my primary ethical obligation is to enhance the health and sense of well-being of my patients, promoting the patient's comfort and physical health while sustaining his or her emotional and social health. Sometimes difficult decisions must be made about end-of-life care, but the needs and expressed wishes of the patient always come first. I try to remain in dialogue with the patient's family and caregivers, while still allowing the patient to have a sense of autonomy. Patients with chronic illnesses often feel a loss of control and independence: I strive to restore a sense of empowerment by stressing the patient's ability to choose the way their care and treatment plan will evolve.
"As situational as health decisions may appear to be at times, nursing still promotes a coherent, duty-based ethical system of rules and principles, such as a respect for human dignity. I must also observe appropriate patient confidentiality and the laws of the land and the policies of the unit on which I work regarding how to treat patients. Yet, to work in a high-pressured, often emotional environment, I still need to have my own sense of personal goals as a nurse. I believe that nursing transcends the provision of physical healthcare, and must provide emotional and social support and sustenance for the individual patient."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Code of ethics for nurses. (2010). American Nurses Association (ANA). Nursing World.Retrieved September 23, 2010 at http://nursingworld.org/ethics/code/protected_nwcoe921.htm#prov1
- Position statement: Role of the registered professional nurse in ethical decision-making. (2010).
- New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA). Retrieved September 22, 2010 http://www.nysna.org/practice/positions/position6.htm
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