Little Man Movie Analysis

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1. Explain one ethical issue from the “Little Man” film. (2 points) After the fetus was found to be abnormal, the 2 partners were at discrepancy about whether to terminate the pregnancy or not. Gwen wanted to terminate the pregnancy while Nicole insisted on continuing the pregnancy. This dispute put stress on both partners and caused the first tear of their relationship. Besides the couple, everyone in the care team is also facing this ethical dilemma. Some people might agree with Gwen while others might be on the same page with Nicole. Some people might have no side but feel troubled and distraught by the situation. It’s natural and normal for care providers who are involved in a situation like this to have an opinion based on their personal…show more content…
How would you resolve this ethical conflict? List three separate steps you could take to address this issue. These must be separate steps, e.g. educating the family about 3 topics counts as only one step—that is patient education. Be specific about what you would do, e.g., if you choose patient education as one step, explain what information you would cover and how you think it will address the issue. (2 points/step x 3=6 points for this question) Step 1: patient education. The information that is given to the patients should be accurate, thorough, and easy to understand. We need to discuss the options with Gwen and Nicole. Apparently, they have the choice of termination or continuation of the pregnancy. If they choose to continue the pregnancy, they have the option of keeping the baby or putting it up for adoption once it’s born. In order to make an informed decision of whether to keep the baby or not, the couple need to have a comprehensive understanding of the medical conditions that the baby may have if it’s born, the responsibilities that they will face to take care of the baby, and the possible impacts of those responsibilities on their relationship and family life. The doctors and nurses have the responsibilities to deliver the information, help the couple to understand the situation, and answer any questions that they have. As nurses, we need to be unbiased and non-judgmental. Support the couples’ decision anyway we can. Ideally, information should be delivered…show more content…
Nurses should foster collaborative planning to provide safe, high-quality, patient-centered health care. As nurses, we probably know the patients the best since we spend much more time with them than any other members of the care team. We are the liaison between the patient and the rest of the care team. We need to identify a potential problem or issue, and bring it to the attention of the whole care team. We should facilitate mutual trust, respect, shared decision-making, and open communication among all relevant persons in the care of the patients. With the collaborative support of the whole care team, the patients are in a much better position and are more likely to make an informed and deliberate decision. Besides, the collaboration among the care team can facilitate communication among the care providers, and provide a channel for the care providers to vent their stress caused by the ethical dilemmas that they encounter in work. The support from peers is very important for care providers to maintain their emotional and psychological
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