Treating Ed Essay

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Running Head: TREATING ED

Nursing Roles and Values: Treating Ed: A Medical Ethics Case Study
Andrea Gillette
Western Governors University

Nursing Roles and Values: Treating Ed: A Medical Ethics Case Study

The Oregon State Board of Nursing has adopted the Standards and Scope of Practice for
The Licensed Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse (2010) in effort to provide a frame work for safe nursing practice in the State of Oregon. All nurses licensed in Oregon are required to abide by the policies within this document. In division 45: 851-045-0040 (1) Standards related to the licensed nurse’s responsibilities for client advocacy, the following is stated: The licensed nurse communicates client’s choices, concerns and special needs to other members of the healthcare team (2010). In the case study “Treating Ed: A Medical Ethics Case Study” Mr. E was able to speak for himself and refused to be ventilated. Additionally, he had a legal document, an advance directive, explicitly stating he did not want to be placed on a ventilator or receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation. By placing Mr. E on a ventilator Dr. K chose to ignore his wishes and is committing a violation of ethics. The nurse caring for Mr. E did not perform her duty as advocate for this patient as well as failing to communicate the client’s choices to other members of the healthcare team, primarily the attending physician, Dr. K, and the patient’s family. There are many implications of her neglect. Mr. E’s family is placed in a situation in which they must essentially choose life or death for him. This choice is traumatic and a life changing decision for all parties involved. Additionally, in the event Mr. E recovers, he may be very upset his wishes were not followed and may cause irreparable damage within the family. The nurse in this case will also have to live with the knowledge she
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