A Long Term Care Nursing Facility And A Hospital Essay

790 Words Apr 11th, 2016 4 Pages
After completing nine weeks of clinical experience in both a long-term care nursing facility and a hospital, one may be fortunate enough to work with a several highly skilled, professional nurses and witness them performing exceptional care to their patients. Unfortunately, that is enough time to also have come across several bioethical concerns during their clinical experiences as well. Bioethical issues may arise from dishonest documentation, controversies like pro-life/pro-choice decisions, and in more extreme cases, the distribution of limited resources. In many cases, nurses are held accountable for ensuring that bioethical dilemmas do not arise, but sometimes, the nurses may be the problem. In one particular dilemma, patient advocacy, the role of the nurse is extremely vital. According to The American Nurses Association (2016), advocacy is part of a nurse’s duties. The ANA defines nursing as “the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.” Generally, an advocate is someone who speaks out for others and works as a partner for them to ensure that their rights and any services that they may need are accessible and being met or provided. When it comes to advocacy -or a lack thereof- in nursing, it is unfortunately more prevalent in the elderly community. The…

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