Another huge ethical topic is the patient’s right to choose autonomy in the refusal of life-saving medicine or treatment. This issue affects a nurse’s standards of care and code of ethics. “The nurse owes the patient a duty of care and must act in accordance with this duty at all times, by respecting and supporting the patient’s right to accept or decline treatment” (Volinsky). In order for a patient to be able make these types of decisions they must first be deemed competent. While the choice of patient’s to refuse life-saving treatment may go against nursing ethical codes and beliefs to attempt and coerce them to get treatment is trespass and would conclude in legal action.
Nurses face difficult situations where our sense to do the right thing is often challenged by the beliefs of other healthcare professionals. It is important to practice moral courage so that we can discuss the ethical issue and take action if doing the right thing proves to be a difficult choice. It will also be important for me to use my voice and speak up so I can do what is right while others may be trying to persuade me to act in another way. Nurses act as advocates in a patient’s care, making moral courage a necessity in the work environment. As a nurse I will be knowledgeable in ethical principles and models which will help me to be a major influence in patient care decision-making.
The nursing code of ethics is a formal statement of the ideals and values of nursing and ethical principles that serve as standards for nurses‟ actions. Jurisprudence is the scientific study of law and law is defined as those rules made by humans, which regulate social conduct in a formally prescribed and legally binding manner. Nursing ethics and law are very important because they are concerned with the provision of services that have an impact on human health and life which can cause dilemma during practice and if not handled adequately can lead to negative impact on the client and all the people concerned with the care the client. Therefore Standards must be set to guide the conduct of the nurse in making proper and adequate decisions for the safety and protection of the client, by so doing the nurse protects herself or himself from litigation (Burke, K. 2000). 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.
Personal Ethics Many nurse’s experience ethical dilemmas in the healthcare system. It is important to establish a framework for nurses to make ethical decisions (Hentz, 2003). Regardless of what our own ethical perspectives may be, employees build up approaches with respect to suitable conduct in the working environment. These desires are viewed as our organizational ethics (What Do I Do, 2013). “Our choices are based on what we believe to be right, based on our upbringing, our culture, our spiritual perspectives, our peer group values, and other factors that are unique to each of us” (What Do I Do, 2013).
Everyone’s health condition is different and every person has a different perception of health. My view of health has affected my nursing practice in that I believe nurses must be competent, understanding the varying degrees of health and advocating on behalf of the patients. I believe when people no longer have the ability to take care of themselves independently, nurses are educated to assess, develop a plan of care, implement the plan, and make changes in order to achieve optimum health for all humans. I continuously make an effort to understand each patient’s specific health condition while striving to provide optimum
Usually it is a traumatic experience of some sort in which these people become patients and it is vital that we treat them with the same level of care that we would wish our mothers or fathers would be cared for with. I feel as though it is imperative that we give each patient a sense of empowerment in the delivery of holistic nursing care. In this paper, I will explore the components I feel are required in order to frame a positive structure of care under this nursing philosophy. Personal Philosophy Nursing and the Individual One of the most important aspects of nursing is direct patient care. There are many different approaches in developing a relationship with patients, one of which being holistic, patient-centered care.
“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.
The practice of nursing not only involves applying knowledge but the ability to differentiate the needs of the client and being empathetic to their needs. Hence, the importance of holistic nursing and not only being for the client but for the clients family as well. Holistic nursing is defined as “all nursin... ... middle of paper ... ... practice of medicine, combined with addressing holistic needs of the patient and family, including the physical, psychological, cognitive, emotional, spiritual and social care as it relates to being competent in nursing. Conclusion Throughout this philosophy paper, I have explored what nursing is based on my personal values and beliefs as it relates to the body of work in nursing. I value the importance of holistic nursing and the care of patients being individualized for them and their family.
Also, the reasons for deception must be to prevent psychological distress, and its execution must have a high chance of success so that the patient-doctor relationship will not suffer from a break in trust. Overall, doctors should always strive to respect autonomy and provide beneficence when interacting with their patients. However, the majority of the time benevolent deception is used the p... ... middle of paper ... ...cal practice. Overall, physicians should not assume what they believe is best for their patients and should be truthful in relaying news about medical conditions, even though the diagnoses may be grave. Though the situation may look bleak, doctors need to take up the responsibility to be honest with their patients in order to honor the principle of respect for autonomy, and yet be beneficent by presenting a sense of realistic hope that treatment will succeed so that they will not easily give up on their chance of living.
Within my nursing career I am determined to provide passionate, focused care by ensuring I am providing holistic nursing care. Personally, I find the human body and the way we deal with and process situations fascinating, therefore, I am very determined on continually learning and individualizing care to best suit my patients and their families. In conclusion, each of my values and beliefs have come from a place of struggle, motivation, strength, and