Ethical Decision Essay

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Ethical Decision Linda HCS 335/ Ethics: Health Care and Social Responsibility February 29, 2016. Ethical Decision Every decision that we make can profoundly affect our lives and the lives of others. Ethical decisions are based on principles and values gained from experience, relationships, education, and environment. Nurses struggle every day with complex issues involving patient care and workplace relationships. Some of the decisions that need to be made may appear simple, however they also call for considerable reflection and evaluation (Guido, 2010, p. 2). The ethical decisions that a nurse may encounter can become complicated when the decision to do the right thing involves a friend, and the safety of patients and the organization. My personal decision “Abuse of drugs and alcohol occurs across all cultures, generations, and occupations, including nursing. Impaired nurses can become dysfunctional in their ability to provide safe, appropriate patient care” (Burton, 2014, p. 151). Addiction in nursing also places a heavy burden on employers and other staff members with a decrease in productivity, leaving others to pick up their slack or attempt to cover up the problem. A fellow nurse that I work with became a victim of drug addiction after an accident at work that caused her a tremendous amount of pain. The work health physician prescribed narcotics to this nurse during her three month recovery. This nurse was highly regarded in the hospital, friendly, conscientious, and always provided exceptional care. She was also someone that I came to consider as a daughter as I was her mentor when she graduated from nursing school. Upon returning to work, she seemed to be her normal self. After a month however, her work started to slack, she appeared overly tired, and her personality was not the same. One day while I was working with her, two of her patients

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