Ethical Frameworks In Nursing

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Applying Ethical Frameworks in Practice

Ethical dilemmas are the circumstances, where there will be a conflict between moral imperatives, principles and values. Nurses face ethical dilemmas on a daily basis. Many factors are involved in the ethical behavior. Every person may have a different perspective about the ethical behavior. While doing the patient care nurses are required to make ethical decisions.

Step 1: Identify the problem. Ask: The main ethical dilemma we face here is that there is a decision has to be made between two options; whether to treat the child’s meningitis or follow the instruction of the power of attorney and not to proceed with the treatment. The six year old child is healthy other than his present illness, although
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The author believes that the patient required immediate treatment. As the patient’s father suggested it is not possible to change the hospital and find a new physician for identify again if the kid has the meningitis. Kid needs an immediate treatment. While the kid’s age is only six, the person who holds the power of attorney, which is the step mother, has the right of the child. Being a nurse, if I feel that the step mother’s decision is not good for the patient, and then I can refer the case to chain of command. Ultimately the case may go to the hospital ethical committee. In other words, being a nurse the author has no right to push the author’s belief or ideas to the patient or their parents. Whoever holds the power of attorney has to full right, in case if the author feels that, the kid’s health is in danger then immediately needs to report it to the chain of command. Then the chain of command will report it to the hospital ethical committee. Ultimately the hospital ethical committee will take the final decision about the case. Step mother’s religion has not given specifically, nowhere it tells about Jehovah’s Witnesses. In case of Jehovah’s Witnesses the blood transmission is normally not allowed.
Step 9: Evaluate the action taken. Ask yourself the following
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It is also called meninges, which cover the brain and spinal cord. The first symptoms of Meningitis are fever, headache, vomiting, and feeling unwell. Meningitis is contagious among people in close contact and the bacterial meningitis can be deadly as well. Viral meningitis tends to be less severe. Fungal meningitis is a rare form of meningitis. Almost always the root cause of the meningitis caused by a bacterial or viral infection. This infection can start elsewhere in the body, such as in the upper respiratory tract, sinuses or ears. Bacterial meningitis is an extremely serious illness that requires immediate medical care. If not treated quickly, it can lead to death within hours or it can lead to permanent damage to the brain and other parts of the

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