Hcs 478 Week 1 Short Answers

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Ensure your response per question is 350- words. •What primary relationships do you see between legal and ethical issues faced by nurses in their practice? How would you explain these relationships to others? In the website Nursetogether.com, author Jennifer Ward (2014) states, “Nursing ethics shares many principles with medical ethics such as beneficence, non-maleficence, and respect for autonomy. However, those in nursing can be distinguished by its emphasis on relationships, collaborative care and human dignity.” Legal and ethical issues can intertwine and can vary from person to person. The issues faced by nurses in their practice are based on what the individual believes is right or wrong and according to Guido (2010) ethics embodies a process of establishing standards of conduct and moral judgment. The chief ideologies of healthcare ethics that must be supported in every day clinical practice are beneficence, nonmaleficence, autonomy, and justice. Beneficence means promoting actions that are beneficial. Nurses work to foster what is best for their clients and attempt to achieve optimal outcomes. The principle of non-maleficence revolves around the concept of harm. Harm brings about pain and pain brings about distress. Nonmaleficence means that one should do no harm, including the inflicting of pain and suffering (Guido, 2010). In real life situations, not all actions that bring intentional pain and suffering is harmful. Using the concept of detriment-benefit analysis as per Guido (2010), the projected treatment while appearing “harmful” is generally for the purpose of achieving some kind of good such as with the cases applying behavioral restraints. It follows that being placed in this position of vulnerability and indignity appears unfavorable, however, the higher costs of self-injury where the client is banging his head or cutting themselves is far
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