Controversy arises over what is fair, equitable, and economically feasible.Nurses are involved at every level of the healthcare system, making decisions, and assisting with policy development.
Controversy arises over what is fair, equitable, and economically feasible.Nurses are involved at every level of the healthcare system, making decisions, and assisting with policy development.As a Registered Nurse, she realized that conventional healthcare was not meeting the needs of all patients.
Is it ethical to subject a child to an unproven procedure which will cause pain if it gives them their only chance of survival?
Is it best to prolong life when the quality of life is poor?
The dilemma is how to balance the contrasting issues. Each patient, family, and healthcare team faces challenges such as this on a daily basis.
Larger challenges may be encountered while working with families who have newborns with physical or mental disabilities.
They are respect for patient autonomy; the duty to act with beneficence; no maleficence; and justice.
Nurses provide respect for patient autonomy by recognizing and enhancing a patient’s freedom of choice, respecting patient choices, and providing privacy.
What one person considers ethical may be vastly different from a person approaching a situation with a different point of view.
Ethical concepts include providing care which is good, correct, and rational.
The intent of the nurse provides a treatment which benefits the patient must outweigh the discomfort caused. Justice and fairness in nursing care is often related to the delivery of services.
The current health care reform plan is a result of people recognizing that the current health care system needs revision.