Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing American Nurses Association Code of Nursing Ethics Ethics, as it relates to the nursing profession, deals with high standards of behavior, values, and moral beliefs. On a regular basis nurses have to address some very complex ethical and patient rights issues so therefore, the American Nurses Association established the Nurses Code of Ethics in 1985. This code summarizes the responsibilities and expectations of nurses in their practice. It is a solid structure for evaluating nurses own mutual skills and offers ethical standards of practice that encourages nurses to act morally, which includes acts of alliance (Garity, 2005). According to Garity (2005), “The nurse’s ability to collaborate with patients, families, and multi/ intra-disciplinary health care professionals in the successful resolution of such dilemmas can affect the quality of health care” (p. 11).
The ultimate goal of nursing delegation is to provide the most efficient, effective, quality care in the time frame the nurse is given. Delegation in Nursing A Registered Nurse (RN) must know and understand the differences in delegation, authority, responsibility, and accountability before being able to delegate tasks appropriately. According to Kelly-Heidenthal and Marthaler (2005), “Delegation is the transfer of responsibility for the performance of an activity from one individual to another while retaining accountability for the outcome” (p. 6). Authority is the right to act or to command the action of others. Responsibility as defined by Kelly-Heidenthal and Marthaler (2005) “Is the obligation involved when one accepts an assignment” (p. 9).
Both of these agencies play different roles in how the nursing profession is governed. First, the regulatory agencies are government ran agencies that regulates each states’ nursing practice. These boards protect the public by making sure that the standards of nursing care are met and also ensure that nurses are competent in their scope of practice. Some of the duties that these agencies are responsible for are to administer nursing license by state exams, enforce the states nurse practice act by taking action against those nurses who have been deemed unsafe towards patients, develop rules, regulations, and policies as determined to be appropriate for nursing practice, give accreditation and approve education programs for
Her care is not directly with the patient, but her job effects the patient directly. As stated by the infection control nurse, she deals with preventing hospital acquired infections by making sure all staff members follow the policies. When giving direct patient care, the staff nurse states she does this by having open and clear communication, listening and exceeding patient expectations. Each nurse has different experiences with the roles of other nurses. For example, the staff nurse and administration nurse states that the CNS is aware of populations with Interviews NVT2 Task #2 3
Jean Watson's Caring Theory Andrea Robinson University of Phoenix Theories and Models of Nursing Practice NUR/403 Jean Arnold April 25, 2011 Jean Watson's Caring Theory Health care tremendously has changed over the pass years. Nurses have a higher workload and are responsible for many tasks and have little time to complete them. Nurses are taking care of more complex and high acuity patients. Furthermore, these conditions make it difficult for nurses to provide ideal care to each patient. Although these unfortunate circumstances are present, patients still deserve to receive good care at all times.
In the nursing profession, moral responsibility is perceived as a relation way of being that involves guidance by an individual’s inner compass that is comprised of values, ideals, and standards that motivate individuals to uphold what is right. Moral responsibility is crucial in the sense that it determines the manner in which a nurse cares, and attends to the patients. Generally, moral responsibility ensures that a nurse meets the set objectives that aim at administering paramount medical care to patients (Driscoll & Breshears, 2011). The doctrine has further augmented my level of moral responsibility. I feel that I am accountable and responsible for ensuring, and upholding the moral well-being of my patients.
Professional Nursing Mission Statement This Professional Nursing Mission Statement describes the professionalism a nurse needs to perform excellent care in the health environment. The Mission also demonstrates different aspects of nursing and what nurses are to look forward to now and into the future. A. Functional Differences The Hawaii Board of Nursing was generated to recognize all licensed nurse practicing in the state of Hawaii (HRS Chapter 457 - nurses). These nurses have the legal right to give care in the appropriate settings giving the patients reassurance of safety from the practicing nurse. American Nurses Association was generated to direct a licensed nurse on how to present themselves in an ethical manner.
Personal Philosophy of Nursing My philosophy of nursing affects directly from Florence Nightingale’s anecdote and her contribution to nursing in her life. In order to clarify what is the philosophy of nursing, I read many famous works of prominent philosophers. Thanks to her nursing thought, I obtained my own beliefs and values. Nurses should care not only about how to finish orders from doctors or how to satisfy advisors, but they should put the patients on the first place. In addition, nurses should consider how to make a big difference for patients when patients are receiving treatment.
As a professional, I will be guided by the provisions contained in the code of ethics in the American Nursing Association. The first provision is respect and recognition of human dignity (Grace, 2013). It is important for a nurse to take into account of the fact that professional values and needs are needed in their relationship with individuals, family or community while in practice (ANA, 2015). The other provision that will influence by practice is the primary commitment to the patient as defined in the American Nursing Association. I will be able to understand that the interests of the patient are primary in my career.
In recent years, the responsibility has been transferred to the nurse to manage the patient’s environment in order to promote the patient’s recovery. Every patient deserves to be treated with respect and dignity no matter what their social or political standing may