A nurse is not perfect. However, provision 1 in the ANA Code of Ethics, makes it sound like a nurse must be close to perfect as possible. According to provision 1, the fundamental principle of nursing practice is respect for the inherent worth, dignity, and human rights of every individual unrestricted by consideration of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems. According to provision 5, the nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety. There will be many occasions where the nurse may experience ethical distress due to the opposing impact of these two provisions.
Moral leadership in nursing is about professionalism, responsibility, accountability, and competency. Nurses have an obligation to preserve their patient’s values, beliefs and dignity, to assure optimal health care, personal well- being, and promote quality of life. In all aspect of nursing, nurses are role models, healthcare providers, patient advocates and are required to meet the needs of their patients. Which can be done by communicating openly and honestly, being fair and trustworthy, being proactive, and by putting patients first. Nurses are face with ethical dilemmas on a daily basic therefore, must examine their own personal and professional values and morals in order to maintain a caring and compassionate relationship with their patients.
Mental health nursing is a unique field, under constant scrutiny, perhaps because of the misunderstanding of its science or the misconception about the community it serves. This scrutiny has provided mental health nursing with the opportunity to examine its practice of restraint use and through its history constantly improve its practices. Ethics in nursing is a constantly studied area. The American Nurses Association code of ethics requires that the nurse provide care that is respectful of the dignity and individuality of each patient. Underlining this concept are the nursing ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, and nonmaleficence (Taxis, 2002, p.158).
PROMOTING HEALTH THROUGH INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS MPLHS1PHR Word Count : 2288 Many people believe that the term “health” refers just to how somebody is physically, however, it is about social and mental well-being as well. The term applies holistically. (World Health Organisation, 1948). Nurses need to promote this in each of their patients and can do so with effective communication. It is extremely important nurses can do this in different ways such as verbally and non-verbally and uphold the Principles of Nursing Practice set out by the Royal College of Nursing as the fifth of eight principles is related to effective communication.
INTRODUCTION The following case examines the ethical principles of beneficence, fidelity, justice and autonomy, and how they pertain to end-of-life decision making in relation to the Code of Ethics for Nurses. This case will be analyzed from a teleological approach, in order to address the importance of providing more benefit than burdens (Purtilo, 2005), as well as a deontological approach in order to discuss the duties of each of the parties involved. It is a nurse’s duty to advocate for her patient and in doing so, an ethics of care approach is vital in order to ensure the highest quality of care is provided to each patient and ethical principles are followed in the situation of withdrawing treatment. Nurses constantly experience moral and ethical dilemmas regarding the sustentation, or termination of a patient’s life and must understand how to address these issues, as well as prevent future incidents. CASE Abby Wilson, is a staff nurse on the medical team determining whether a feeding tube should be removed from, Melissa Smith, a twenty year old girl who is 16 weeks pregnant.
It will also look at some communication barriers that can occur between groups of professionals and between professionals and service users. All professionals working within health and social care have to uphold certain values, standards and ethical principles. Although different professional bodies have their own codes of conduct and standards of working practice, they share many of their values, standards and ethical principles, some of which will be explored within this assignment. This assignment will define the terms ethics, values, and standards, it will also address the difference in accountability between a student nurse and a qualified member of staff. An inter-professional team is a team of professionals that work together to improve the quality of care provided to a service user, this is often confused, in both literature and practice, with a multidisciplinary team.
(How personal and societal values can influence ethical decision-making) Nurses may be faced with ethical conflicts. As nurses we must examine our own beliefs and feelings regarding ethical issues and not impose our own values on any patient or caregiver. At the same time, it is our duty to also support appropriate behavior and to protect our patients from harm. Ethical issues involve the good and bad of moral duty and moral obligations. Nursing can be considered an ethical enterprise since it often involves an alternative action when providing care (Gilliland, 2010).
Running head: PERSONAL NURSING ETHICS Personal Nursing Ethics Blessy Rajan Grand Canyon University Ethical Decision Making in Health Care NRS-437V Sandi Coufal June 30, 2012 Personal Nursing Ethics Introduction A professional moral compass is an inner tool like the conscious that guides individuals on how they should behave in professional settings. An individual’s personal, cultural, and spiritual values are influenced by their worldviews and philosophies in nursing practice. When the personal values of an individual conflicts with duties of his or her practice, an ethical dilemma arises. Ethical dilemmas are often found in the nursing profession. Consideration of personal ethics that is driven by passion, motivation, inspiration and loyalty gives guidance to one’s professional moral compass.
Integration of Evidence-Based Practice into Professional Nursing Practice In this paper we will discuss the integration of evidence based practice into professional nursing practice. Scott & McSherry (2008) define evidence based practice as the combination of individual, clinical, or professional expertise with the best available external evidence to produce practice that is most likely to lead to positive outcomes for a patient. Despite literature surrounding what evidence based nursing is and isn’t, nurses struggle to get evidence into practice. Many reasons have been reported including a lack of understanding about evidence based nursing means. Scott & McSherry (2008) also define evidence based nursing is a process by which nurses make clinical decisions using the best available research evidence, their clinical expertise and patient outcomes.
Thereby patients’ lives are guarded from stake of harm. Advantages of nursing theories are, they provide standardization of nursing whilst the nursing processeses are recognised as a problem solving approach. These theories also signify the individual as a whole hence personalised care is rendered. Other advantages would include expansion and development of nursing, positive effect on nursing students, professional and increased quality of care which is contributed by systematic approach. Rationale of work and having analytical knowledge on patients’ care are undeniable strenghths of nursing theories.