Wgu Comm Health Task 2

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Quality of Life and Functioning The American Nurses Association Code of Ethics states several behaviors that are expected in the provision of healthcare, including allowing patients the right to autonomy and treating all patients equally and with respect. Along those same lines, nurses are expected to be aware of their own values and morals, and exhibit moral self-respect. Additionally, nurses must uphold their responsibility to act as patient advocates, be committed to the care of their patients, and must work with the interdisciplinary team to ensure that patients are receiving the most efficient and effective care possible (“Code of Ethics,” 2010). A. Personal Perceptions Caring for terminally ill patients can be a daunting task for all involved, whether it is for the patient, friends or family, or the nurse or other clinicians. It is important to analyze one’s own feelings about disease, its progression, and death when caring for others because a patient’s quality of life and functioning can potentially be affected by the nurse’s personal attitudes. Exhibiting judgments can cause discomfort, feelings of helplessness and/or sadness, which can impede quality of life for patients. The role of the nurse is to help the patient as he or she progresses through the stages of illness, acting as a patient advocate, meanwhile providing additional support for the patient and his or her loved ones. The role of the nurse is to attempt to alleviate discomfort, restore health, and to not cause any additional undue harm. Though I have minimal clinical experience aside from clinical rotations, I have been witness to the progression of both my aunt and uncle’s cancer until the disease won both battles. These experiences taught me even more to treat others as I would want to be treated. The lessons that I learned from illness in my family transcend into my nursing

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