Case Study: Ethical Dilemmas

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Ethical Dilemma This case study shows an issue that sadly occurs in the health care field almost every day. This includes patient negligence from inadequate nurses providing unsafe patient quality care to nurses not receiving the support they deserve to allow them to provide the safe quality care that patients require. In this case, the health facility failed the nurses, the 40 patients, and Shirley especially. The lack of monitoring by nurses from short staffing, in addition what happened to Shirley will be further explained.
The Ethical Dilemma (s) & Outcome
Nearly every day nurses encounter ethical dilemmas; which are situations where they cannot do what they consider “the right thing,” because the nurse is forced to choose between two
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In Shirley’s case study, she suffered a brain injury that left her depending from others. Furthermore, in other cases there is failure to account for patient acuity, patients can get more injured or acquire secondary illnesses or infections due to lack of care to the patient. In addition, patients can get sent home too soon without adequate education about how to take care of their illness or injury, and the one that most regret to experience is, patient death (Amer, 2013).
Laws in Arizona &
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The ethical climate affects the nurses in many ways when relating it to staffing ratios. When nurses feel the support from their administration and their colleagues when it comes to staffing the whole atmosphere in which they work becomes positive and less stressful. A good ethical climate creates a foundation and teamwork where everyone supports each other. Nurse staffing effects the well-being and caring of the nurse in many ways. When there is nurse short staffing, nurses usually need to work long hours under very stressful conditions, which can result in fatigue, injury, and possibly job dissatisfaction. In this type of environments, the nurses are more likely to make mistakes and medical

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