Ethical Dilemmas In Nursing Leadership

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Patients come to healthcare organizations hoping that they will be receiving services that will treat or alleviate their illnesses. However, in reality, health care organizations do not always live up to the expectations of patients and their families. As a result, while receiving medical treatment for their pre-existing illnesses, patients end up contracting new infections that complicates their further intensifies their agony of illness. Hence, the incidence of health care associated infections (HCAIs) not only implies the failure of health care, but also the decay of moral and ethical values. The purpose of this essay is, therefore, to describe what the bedside nursing staff should do with the collaboration of the nursing leadership do …show more content…
To mention a few: staff ignorance about the safety and quality of patient care; misunderstanding of organizational policy and procedure; self-interest and staff preference to stick to the old habits (doing things as usual) are internal obstacles to implementing evidence-based practices (Carroll, 2010). On the other hand, governmental policies, regulations, benchmarks, and reimbursement standards are external challenges that middle between healthcare organization and patients. These government requirements are sometimes helpful to improve patient care and other times they are obstacles to addressing quality and safety of patient care (Carroll, 2010). So, to provide high standard patient care, nurse leaders must build a substantial relationship with staff nurses, middle management, senior health care leaders within their organization and with governmental agencies outside the organization to make the necessary adjustments and changes to the culture of patient care (Marquis & Huston, …show more content…
Therefore, preventing HCAIs is not just solely the responsibility of staff nurses at the bedside. There are other factors such as nurse leaders unable to fulfill staffing requirements, middle management inconsistent oversight, staffing shortages, lack of supplies, and lack of nurses’ emotional support. According to Ledlow and Coppola (2012), leaders in health care organization should be ethical and moral agents because the success of their organization depends on the perception of their staff and the community as a whole. To sum it up, it is super imperative for nursing leadership to support nurses and to lift unnecessary emotional, moral, and ethical, burden off their shoulders so that nurses focus on positive patient outcomes, without having ethical and moral distresses related to unsafe and compromised patient

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