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Analysis Of The American Nursing Association Code Of Ethics In Nursing

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After noticing that your resource nurse is impaired several steps should occur. The nurse is not following appropriate ethical guidelines. According to lecture, ethics is defined as rules or standards that govern conduct. The nurse who has slurred speech and glassy eyes has the autonomy to make his/her own decisions, but showed up to work acting in a harmful manor to her patients. However, the new RN needs to alert her supervisors because everyone disserves to receive the care that is appropriate. According to lecture, that is defined as justice. The impaired nurse will not be able to properly treat his/her patients to the best of her care. The new nurse should do several things to address the issue at hand. First, he/she should assess the…show more content…
According to provision 4 in lecture, the nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice. After the new RN observed the nurse who was having difficulty focusing, legally the supervisor nurse was not following provision 4. The nurse was not demonstrating correct actions that he/she was responsible for and was not being accountable for her actions. It is stated that “The recognition of accountability for actions is the cornerstone for a profession because of the implied social contract with the public” (Lachman, 2009, pg.57). The nurse was demonstrating actions that are unfit and could lead to potential harm. The nurse should be accountable for her own actions. The new RN was being responsible and looking out for patient safety when the supervisor nurse came impaired to work. Also, the supervisor nurse was not following provision 3. According to lecture, provision 3 states “The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient”. The code of ethics states “Nurses must protect the patient, the public and the profession from potential harm when practice appears to be impaired” (ANA, 2015, pg. 13). The new RN is protecting the patients and the profession when the supervisor nurse was came to work
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