Disaster Dilemma Essays
November , 2012
This paper considers some of the ethical dilemmas that occur during disasters and how the chaos and desperation of those situations effect decision making for nurse managers.
Dilemmas in Disaster. What's a Nurse Manager To Do?
In July of 2006, two nurses and a doctor were charged with murder as a result of their actions during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This charge was related to their administration of iv pain medicine and iv sedation to critically ill elderly patients, who subsequently died before evacuation was possible Based on evidence from witnesses, Louisiana’s …show more content…
It is self-evident that such stressful conditions will create ethical dilemmas for health professionals. The American Nurses Association (ANA) acknowledges that the retrospective judgment of nurses’ actions in such circumstances is extremely complex. Because of events such as these, ANA ordered a review of altered standards of care to be used during a disaster and in 2007 a conference was held to address those issues.("The free library," December 2006, p. 3) A medical disaster is when the need for care greatly exceeds the available resources. The gap between demand and supply is far worse than a hectic day in the ER and it requires nurse managers to shift their ethical thinking because it is not possible for every patient to get the level