Ethical Dilemmas : Ethical Dilemma Essays

1869 Words Nov 14th, 2016 8 Pages
Ethical Dilemma Vignette
The purpose of this paper is to present an ethical dilemma and to use Catalano’s (2009) ethical decision algorithm to demonstrate how to resolve it. To start my paper, I will provide a vignette of an ethical dilemma with a discussion of why the vignette is an ethical dilemma. I will follow the ethical dilemma vignette discussion with the five steps of Catalano’s ethical dilemma algorithm. The next paragraph will be an analysis of how the algorithm can be used to address the ethical dilemma of the vignette and result in a resolution. To demonstrate the algorithm, I will give an illustration to show how the algorithm was used to resolve the dilemma. To end my paper, I will briefly summarize the information given and restate how Catalano’s ethical decision algorithm was used to resolve the ethical dilemma presented.
An Ethical Dilemma Vignette
A scenario of an ethical dilemma encountered in an intensive care unit (ICU) is should the nurse discuss end of life care with family members of an unresponsive patient recently involved in a motor vehicle accident. The patient is breathing by the help of a ventilator and the intravenous (IV) infusion of medications are keeping the blood pressure and heart rate within acceptable ranges. The patient does not respond to voice or touch. Test results show no higher functioning of the brain with minimal brain stem activity. The family believes the patient is in a coma and that he will wake up soon. They believe…

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