Ethical Dilemma Essay

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FACULTY SCHOOL OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES

SEMESTER 1 / YEAR 2014

NBBS 1104

MANAGEMENT AND MEDICOLEGAL STUDIES B

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CONTENT

INTRODUCTION

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ETHICAL PRINCIPLE

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ETHICAL THEORIES

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CASE STUDY OF ETHICAL DILEMMA

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CONCLUSION

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REFERENCES

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INTRODUCTION.

An ethical dilemma arises when the clients and health care providers differ in their understanding of what is right or wrong (Narrigan, 2004). As nurses we often deal with ethical dilemmas in our everyday clinical practice; and as professionals we have the responsibility to analyse and examine any ethical problems that may arise. Any decision should be based on ethical principle that protects both the patient and the health care provider. So what is an ethical dilemma? It is a problem without a satisfactory resolution. The ethical decision-making lays in the fact that very different ethical choices regarding the same ethical dilemma can be made resulting in neither choice being a “right or wrong” decision. Ethical dilemmas in nursing come daily in which they must make a decision. The decisions they will make will be affected by so many factors including principles learned in school and their own personal beliefs, values and experiences. Are these choices “right or wrong”? Ethical dilemmas, also known as moral dilemmas, have been a problem for ethical theorists as far back as Plato. An ethical dilemma is a situation wherein moral precepts or ethical obligations conflict in such a way that any possible resolution to the dilemma is morally intolerable. In other words, an ethical dilemma is any situation in which guiding moral principles cannot
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