Berman, A. J and Burke, K. (2000), looked at nursing ethics as an integral part of nursing, that has t has to do with moral principles and values that guide nurses to make decisions and choices that lead to quality and effective client care. In providing nursing care, nurses find themselves in situations where sensitive decisions are made about the best way to treat illness and solve healthcare problems. Values influence decisions and actions and value clarification promote quality decisions by fostering awareness,
Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing Ethics asses the values, morals, and principles of nurses. Legal codes or laws are rules established by our government. It’s important that nurses have a clear and comprehensive understanding of ethical and legal codes within their career. The understanding of these codes is essential for nurses to safely practice and to protect their patients. Nurses must abide by these principles or face the consequences of legal action.
There are a number of skills that public health nurses need to possess in order to provide ethical, client centered care. Nurses need to have the ability to identify ethical issues; use ethical decision making, understand the determinants of health; understand the basic concepts of justice, virtue and human rights; and build and maintain public trust (Thomas, 2004). These foundational skills align with the ANA code of ethics which define the ethical practice of nursing and guide nurses in their decision making. Furthermore, in our litigious society, case managers are concerned with the ethical-legal conflict in which they provide case management, obey the law, meet licensing requirement and regulations, please their employers and still act
“Care can be considered simply an ethical task and thus a burden of one more thing to do, or it can be considered a commitment to attending to and becoming enthusiastically involved in the patient’s needs” (Applying the Ethics of Care to your Nursing Practice, page 116). In this model, nurses need to be knowledgeable about human behavior and responses to health problems, individual needs, how to respond to others, and the strengths and limitations of the patient and family. The nurse also comforts and offers compassion, and empathy to the patient and family. There are many concepts in Jean Watson’s Theory of caring. The three major concepts that will be discussed are: transpersonal caring relationship, caring occasion/caring moment and the ten caritas processes.
There is a need for conducting self-assessment and self-reflection practices which help to identify the strengths and weaknesses, which affect the desired change. Due to role play activities, it is possible to enhance critical thinking skills and knowledge. In addition, any nursing student should understand that socialization within the role is critical for the RN, who will have to work closely with cohort, study groups and mentors/educators. According to Patricia Benner's theory, determination of role specialization allows using the proper interventions and methods of communication. In today's complicated health care environment, the experience of the RN is the determinant for the quality of nursing care and the achievement
Leadership Integrity Consultation Ethics and integrity are essential parts of the nursing profession since they provide nurses with the capacity for weighing in on the impacts that their actions may have on the profession (Guido, 2014). However, maintaining high levels of ethics and integrity may create significant challenges for nurses some of which impact on their position as healthcare providers. One of the key challenges that nurses experience as part of their profession is increased cases of ethical dilemmas some of which impact on their abilities to make decisions based on the interests of their patients. The nursing code of ethics indicates the need for nurses to ensure that the decisions or actions they take reflect on the interests
In this paper, I will be discussing the importance of professionalism in nursing, the risks of poor communication in the health care field, the significance of healthy work environments, and will be describing the strategies needed to mitigate horizontal violence when engaging in crucial conversations. Professionalism plays a crucial part in a nurses’ career. As nurses, we are expected to
To conclude, reflection is a skill necessary to the efficient function of a nurse in order to identify risk factors, which can be reduced by better preparation. To summarize, there is a constant need for health frameworks to govern nursing procedures. Nursing assessments require frameworks to reduce risks of wrong treatment, effective communication is required between colleagues and patients to avoid confusion. A standard of professionalism is required to ensure nurses aren’t over involved with their patients, education is important in promoting individual health, clinical reasoning is vital for the immediate treatment of a patient. Lastly reflection is ideal to analyse the positives and negatives, it is best to follow the Gibbs reflective cycle when evaluating methods.
Nurses must also abide by a code of ethics which can be found at the ANA website. Provision four states “the nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse’s obligation to provide optimum care” (ANA code of ethics -2001). This means that the nurse is responsible for determining which tasks are appropriate. Even if the physician insists that she goes beyond her scope of practice it is still her responsibility to be accountable for her own actions. It is very important that nurses understand this standard since working under the hierarchy of a physician may make it tempting to follow their guidance rather than owning their own responsibilities.
Their autonomy was violated, their loyalty was questioned, and they were threatened to either accept the situation or they will lose their job. Therefore, I believe provision six of the code of ethics is related to this situation the best. According to ANA, provision six describes “The nurse participates in establishing, maintaining, and improving healthcare environments and conditions of employment conducive to the provision of quality health care and consistent with the values of the profession through individual and collective action” (code of ethics, 2011). Nurses in this case study have to work in an environment that patients’ rights have been violated. Nurses are not able to advocate for their patients.