WHO WE ARE IS TRULY TESTED AND PROVEN WHEN WE ENCOUNTER CONFLICT. It is a part of our human nature to experience conflict, as we are each forced to respond to conflict at various times in our lives. In order to live serenely we must attempt to avoid and resolve the conflict. Whilst conflict may merely involve two parties disagreeing over minor differences and opinions. We view through our history that major conflict in the form of war and political matters lead may to experience horrific life-changing conflicts.
The importance goes further to the core of the problem focusing on the nurse and evaluating what is needed to be done in order to educate this patient group. The research problem involves nurses who are not comfortable discussing end-of-life issues with their patients and is identified in the first few paragraphs of the article. This is a significant problem nurses and doctors can educate, manage and monitor for these chronic patients. The purpose is not clearly stated in the study, but is inferred within the abstract of the article as well. Patients and families dealing with potential end-of-life issues is a very common problem in health care today.
Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing Diane Eckert, Christen Rosa, Gary Pagdilao, Melissa Mendoza Nurs 391 April 20, 2015 Willie Goodwin Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing The nurse plays an important role in the safety and well-being of the sick and vulnerable. In two different cases, one involving the care of the unresponsive patient without advanced directives and the second involves the nurse observing negligent behavior by another nurse. The nurse is responsible not only ethically but legally for the care of the patient. The American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics serves to protect the welfare of the sick, injured and helpless. Nurses are relied upon to advocate for our patients dignity, privacy, confidentiality, improper and incompetent care.
Abstract One of the most important aspects of nursing is non-judgmental care. In order for us to be able to give that to each of our patients we need to be aware of the beliefs and practices of other cultures. We also need to be aware of our own feelings, biases, misperceptions, and potential prejudices against those cultures. We, as nurses, need to make sure that we educate ourselves on health care practices that include transcultural care to ensure we give the highest level of care and develop the best plans of care possible for each of our patients. I believe that one of the cultures that is commonly misjudged or misunderstood is the Islamic community.
Advanced Directives and Do Not Resuscitate Kimberly Stanton HCA 322 Professor: Delores Thomas December 11, 2011 In health care, end of life decisions and advanced directives can be one of the most difficult processes and decisions that a patient and family may face. Each person through their life experiences and knowledge has to face difficult thought provoking decisions on what to do when it is possible that death may be eminent. Advances in medicine and technology have giving physicians the ability to prolong and sustain life more so than ever. Modern medicine allows for sustaining life when the physical body has shut down the mechanisms to keep humans alive. The advances we have made in medicine and technology have now made it possible
Dignity is an important part of achieving person-centred care as, stated above by the RCN, patients need to feel like they are being listened to and made to feel like any decisions regarding their care are their choice. This can only be achieved through the nurse having dignity and respect for the patient. In order to treat someone with dignity it is vital to treat them as valued individuals and of worth (RCN 2009). The Code of Professional Conduct needs to be adhered to in order to care for a patient in a dignified manner and this can range from covering a patient to protect humility to taking the time to talk and to treat the patient in a private area where they feel completely comfortable (National Health Service 2009). Nurses also need to be aware that dignity can have many meanings to many people and cultures which should be taken into consideration when treating patients from different cultural backgrounds.
Quality of Life and Functioning The American Nurses Association Code of Ethics states several behaviors that are expected in the provision of healthcare, including allowing patients the right to autonomy and treating all patients equally and with respect. Along those same lines, nurses are expected to be aware of their own values and morals, and exhibit moral self-respect. Additionally, nurses must uphold their responsibility to act as patient advocates, be committed to the care of their patients, and must work with the interdisciplinary team to ensure that patients are receiving the most efficient and effective care possible (“Code of Ethics,” 2010). A. Personal Perceptions Caring for terminally ill patients can be a daunting task for all involved, whether it is for the patient, friends or family, or the nurse or other clinicians.
The Nurse’s Dilemma: Being Asked Not To Tell The Nurse’s Dilemma: Being Asked Not To Tell Nurses face ethical dilemmas on a regular basis. As nurses work to provide health care services, we often are asked to participate in ethically questionable activities (Potter, Perry, Stockert, & Hall, 2012). Today, a patient who was newly diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer with metastasis to her bones was admitted to the hospice unit. Her daughter is her primary caregiver and has asked me to deceive her mother by “turning over” my badge and telling her mother that I am from a home health agency. She specifically requested that I “do not say hospice” because she believes that her mother doesn’t know she has been admitted to the hospice unit.
It impressed upon me to research other states regulations and restrictions and questions to mind such as why is each state so different. If we are all expected to live up to the same standards professionally then why are we not treated equally in all the states in the Union? A part of the current Healthcare reform should include the role of the APRN as well as how much restriction each state can place on the practice. Bravo to organizations such as MONA and the ANA who spend time and energy to stand in the gap for nurses daily. A wonderful
I tended to the needs of my ill aunt and during this period of time, the idea of playing nurse never crossed my mind; rather, care giving was a way of life. The magnitude of influence that caring for my aunt had in shaping my career decisions is immense; although it was unknown to me for quite some time. Nursing synthesizes care giving in a way that utilizes my natural strengths while benefiting others. The intrinsic value of caring for my aunt provide me with undaunted motivation. Unfortunately, cost is a barrier to quality medical care to patients in the hospital settings.