Nursing: A Code Of Ethics In Nursing

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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…show more content…
Provision 7 through 9 focus on the nurse’s ethical duties beyond patient encounters, including addressing social injustice through direct action in developing health policy and contribute to nursing through scholarly inquiry and research (Lachman, Swanson, & Windland-Brown, September-October 2015). These principles align with the public health ethical principle that nursing practice should be based on justice, virtue, human rights, building and maintaining public trust (Thomas, 2004). These ethical principles guide the PHN’s as advocates for the client’s human rights and dignity. Advocacy is an important part of my practice. I have participated in political events supporting equal access to neighbors and living situations. The homeless and the poor are discriminated against and considered to be undesirables in certain neighborhoods. The Home Act would not allow landlords to discriminate against applicants based on their income source. This referendum did not pass, but we continue to advocate on behalf of our clients and their right to live in a neighborhood of their choosing.
Public Health Nurses should utilize the Code of Ethics for Nurses and the ethical principles of public health as the guiding principles for their practice. Each nurse should employ ethical justice by treating clients fairly and equal, regardless of socioeconomic status. Working with and advocating for the homeless can be challenging, but it provides an opportunity to help those who are unable to help themselves. As a public health nurse, when I face ethical dilemmas and need to rely on the ethical principles to guide my practice and the basic principles of autonomy, nonmalficence, beneficence, and
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