The purpose of this assignment is to help gain an understanding of ethical dilemmas revolving around end of life issues that may have been encountered during care for a patient. This paper will discuss one experience from my role transition that presented an end of life issue that interested me. The issue was a 90 year old female patient, I.W., who came into the emergency department with difficulty breathing, and she was also in end stage lung cancer. The family wanted everything that could be done for her to be done, and the patient went along with this. She was quiet and the family wanted her admitted, to get breathing treatments and oxygen, and to speak to the doctors about doing x-rays and other tests. Normative ethics is a way to answer about what is right and wrong, in a particular situation and emphasizes the question, what should be done for each patient (Matzo & Sherman, 2015)? This paper will look at mine, and my nurse’s opinions on this ethical dilemma, the ethical committee involvement in this issue, and the decision making strategies with ethical dilemmas.
Student and Nurses Point of View
While on the unit, and seeing this woman struggling to breathe, all while knowing her lungs are failing, was very difficult for me. I know her family wanted her to stay alive and they wanted to feel like they were doing everything they could for her, but it was sad to watch this woman lying there, and not once hearing her say what she wanted. After walking out of the room, my preceptor made a comment that really resonated with me, “That woman is 90 years old, she is almost at the end of her life with that cancer, and they want us to perform every invasive procedure we can to prolong her suffering.”...
... middle of paper ...
...r was notified of the family’s wishes for her care, and we kept in contact. We did the best we could for her until they could admit her, and I do not see how else this situation could have been handled.
This was just one of the many times I am sure I will see ethical dilemmas about end of life care in the hospital. It was unreal that the family was pushing so hard for this patient, when she was so quiet and seemed to be without an opinion of her own. She was at the end of her lung cancer and really having trouble breathing, but they were continuing to push for invasive medicine instead of making her comfortable. I learned that I need to be able to put aside my personal feelings on matter such as these, and follow the ethical guidelines set forth. It is important to do such, and this paper will help to remind me of this when I go into my nursing career.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The role of ethics in organizational behavior is the underlying factor to the success and longevity of any organization. A set of rules and guidelines focusing on promoting safety, trust, and responsible practice within the workplace must be established internally. Organizations develop code of ethics that center upon the promotion of good. Ethics are vital in developing trusting relationships between employees and administration within. A code of ethics highlights the responsibility and accountability standards of each and every employee within the organization.... [tags: Nursing Ethics, ethical principle, code of ethics]
2770 words (7.9 pages)
- End-of-life decision making has become a widely held debate in regards to the ethical and moral dilemmas it presents in our society. With advancing technology within the medical field our natural lives have been greatly extended, prolonging our quality of life, or so it seems (Fisher, 2013). Although it may appear to only be a positive contribution to one’s everyday life, it often has a habit of extending and increasing the burdens for individuals who suffer towards the end of their lives (Fisher, 2013).... [tags: Ethics, Morality, Health care]
1289 words (3.7 pages)
- Francis Bacon helped to pioneer the new science steering people away from Aristotelian teachings. He helped to bring the scientific method to a place of learning from observation and experimentation. He felt that science should be judged by the usefulness of the results (Greenwood, 2009). Bacon projected that many great things might come out of this empirical approach, but what has ensued in the centuries that followed, Bacon and others might not have predicted. Since Bacon and others pushed for a more empirical approach, numerous discoveries have been made.... [tags: Psychology ]
1795 words (5.1 pages)
- ... The “pay to play” idea has become a familiar site in politics. We start off by defining it, “Pay-to-play is a term used to describe an all too common occurrence our political system: when money is exchanged directly for political favors, such as generous campaign donations for a lucrative government contract. Or tickets to the Super Bowl in exchange for a legislative favor” (CommonCause, nd). Obviously it was within her right to donate the mayor’s campaign but where Ramona stepped over the line was after her employees contributed, she then reimbursed them, which is violation of the law.... [tags: Mayor Janice Noonan, The Lopez Center]
1159 words (3.3 pages)
- People have opinions and ideas when it comes to ethical dilemmas. There are many examples: The debate on abortion, the trolley problem, and moral absolutism, to name just a few. In all of these examples it appears that emotion and feelings will, at some point, override an important ethical decision that needs to be made. An important factor of an ethical dilemma is how and when it might appear. Some dilemma's, like the debate on abortion, can appear in a way that there is time to talk through all options and available ethical concepts.... [tags: ethical dilemmas, abortion, Battlestar Galactica ]
1567 words (4.5 pages)
- or thousands of years, Genetic modification Microorganism has affected many of the products we eat every day. It began with the tameness of animals. As humans evolved into an agricultural company, they start breeding different strains of plants looking to receive the best possible plants for sustenance for people. But as a scientific understanding of breeding and technology grows, their methods of altering plants and animal changed. Instilled, of breeding two similar types of creatures or plants together, scientists and engineer can immediately modify the transmitted sequence of the DNA of a species.... [tags: DNA, Genetic engineering, Gene]
1254 words (3.6 pages)
- Having six months or less to live or having an illness in which patients finds themselves faced with a decision on how they are going to spend those remaining days are issues that arise in the healthcare setting. For some it is making lasting memories with their loved ones, while for others it is trying to hasten their own death. Dilemmas have been encountered by hospice workers concerning the ethical and unethical issues of patients they are caring for when choosing alternatives rather than palliative.... [tags: euthanasia, health-care]
1325 words (3.8 pages)
- ... With Shue's presentation of the defendants of torture, he addresses the second question by answering that some believe it to be moral in the case of just-war and some torture. Throughout the rest of the article, Shue challenges this idea and suggests that this type of violence in which people are treated brutally and without dignity is "of an extremely low moral order" (Shue 126). While Shue clearly has a strong opinion against torture, the article, if included in the curriculum, gives answers to these essential questions and will undoubtedly be a catalyst for interesting class discussion.... [tags: ethical dilemmas]
1390 words (4 pages)
- The Code of Ethics for Nurses was created to be a guide for nurses to perform their duties in a way that is abiding with the ethical responsibilities of the nursing profession and quality in nursing care. The Code of Ethics has excellent guidelines for how nurses should behave, however; these parameters are not specific. They do not identify what is right and wrong, leaving nurses having to ultimately make that decision. Ethics in nursing involves individual interpretation based on personal morals and values.... [tags: suffering, dignified, morals]
863 words (2.5 pages)
- Kennewick Man: An Ethical Dilemma By Vincent Pelosi Kennewick Man has started and added to an immense saga about the ethics involved in excavating and studying the remains of other that passed away long and not so long ago. Kennewick man being one of the hottest topics of the media during the mid-nineties has proved to be one of the most trying ethical dilemmas of our time. An ethical dilemma as described by Kelley Ross Ph. D is a “conflict between the rightness or wrongness of the actions and the goodness or badness of the consequences of those actions” (www.friesien.com).... [tags: Ethics]
1303 words (3.7 pages)