Ethical Health Care Issues Paper

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Ethical Health Care Issues Paper Jennifer May 05, 2014 HCS/545 Ethical Health Care Issues Paper As health care providers, we have a duty to perform our job following the rules and regulations laid out to us by the nurse practice acts provided by each state. The professional duties include the balance between competency in skills, and application of ethics that will help promote the provision of the quality of care to the public (Harris, 2008). However, as a healthcare professional, there are many ethical health care issues that are encountered with patients. A major ethical issue that often arises is the refusal of receiving blood products when deemed necessary by medical staff because of certain religious beliefs. This ethical issue often arises with patients who belong to the religious group called Jehovah’s Witnesses. This religious group decides not to receive blood because they believe the Old and New Testament of the bible commands them to abstain from receiving blood. They also believe receiving blood represents life and since God is the only giver of life, they choose not to receive blood because they do not wish to interfere with God. In June 2000, the governing body of Jehovah’s Witness called the Watchtower Society changed its policy regarding members who choose to receive blood transfusion to denounce willfully themselves from the group, and consequently to abjure from the congregation (Berend & Levi, 2009). Below will be a discussion about how the four main ethical principles autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice can be applied to this ongoing ethical healthcare issue. Conflicts in Jehovah’s Witness Ethics Principles A conflict in ethical principles occurs in the health care setting when a competent adult refuses potentially life sustaining treatment that the health care team is suggesting. Autonomy, beneficence,
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