ANA Code Of Ethics Of Virtue Ethics In Nursing

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According to Arries & Cur (2005), “the virtue ethics in nursing can be viewed as an approach of ethical deliberation about the moral character and dispositions of nurses as moral agents that enables them, as virtuous human beings, to fulfill their purpose and function as professional people.” The nurse exercises virtues of honesty, truthfulness, benevolence and moral courage to fulfill code of ethics and address ethical dilemmas. According to ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses and Interpretive statements (2015) “nurses are leaders who actively participate in assuring the responsible and appropriate use of interventions to optimize the health and well-being of those in their care. This includes acting to minimize unwarranted, unwanted, or unnecessary…show more content…
When the practices in the healthcare delivery system or organization threaten the welfare of the patient, nurses should express their concern to the responsible manager or administrator, or if indicated, to an appropriate higher authority within the institution or agency or to an appropriate external authority” (3.5 protection of patient health and safety by acting on questionable practice, ANA, 2015). The example of the practice is a patient discharge from the rehab facility to the Personal care unit with pending PT/INR results, which turned out to be critical. The admitting nurse demonstrated moral courage by questioning physician who wrote discharge orders and the nurse who completed discharge. Rehab physician refused to address lab results and referred the patient to the PCP. Admitting nurse raised a concern to administration to review discharge protocol and deviation from safe practice. Nurse acted on behalf of the patient and requested readmission to rehab based on patient’s unstable medical…show more content…
From deontological perspective, nurse must always tell the truth regardless of the outcome. Utilitarian would argue that withholding the truth or telling a lie is permissible if it may produce better outcome for a patient or prevent harm. According to Tuckett (2012), the principle of truth telling is often violated during provision of care to dementia patients and based on intention to eliminate distress, anxiety, or depression (beneficence and non-maleficence). It can be argued that withholding the truth or telling lie is deceptive to patient’s autonomy, however permissible if can be justified. Such as, “Providers have a responsibility to determine the resident’s level of insight over time to ensure decisions to deceive are genuinely in the resident’s best interest. In the context of lying to a resident with dementia, lying is conceptualized as therapeutic” (Tuckett, 2012,

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