Ethics And Ethics Of The Code Of Ethics In Nursing Practice

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Introduction A code of conduct is the professional foundation by which every occupation should stand by. Its purpose is to provide ethical and legal guidance to all the members of the profession and it describes how one should act in complex roles and situations. The profession of nursing is best described as the protection, promotion, and development of health and well-being through the alleviation of suffering by identifying appropriate prognosis and treatment to improve the care of individuals and society as a whole. Ethics is the basis of nursing practice and it plays an important role on how health care professionals can achieve those objectives. The nurse is expected to practice kindness and respect, which helps guide our decisions to …show more content…
The complexity of confidentiality was highlighted by the implementation of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). HIPAA is designed to provide guidance to nurses by creating federal civil and criminal penalties when health information is disclosed and used improperly by health care providers. The right to confidentiality states that any information communicated through the nurse and the patient should be held confidential, unless the medical information shared will help the health of the patient in some way. In this case, the right is granted to the health care professionals to share this information with other health care professionals. This issue becomes unethical when the patient does not authorize the sharing of information between health care providers or nonprofessional individuals like family members. For example, a patient who is critically ill swears a nurse to secrecy and indicates that she does not want to continue treatment and surgery because she is ready to die and that she is only having the surgery because her children pressured her into it. How much information can the nurse reveal to the family members? This is a medical dilemma that nurses face in everyday situations. In the past, it was ethical to assume that health care professionals were allowed to reveal the conditions of their patients to their families even if they were not their …show more content…
In order for nurses to be accountable, they must act under a code of ethical conduct that is based on the moral principles of fidelity and respect for the dignity, worth, and self-determination of patients (ANA, 2011). It is believed that the profession of nursing has been identified as one of the most trusted professions because health care professionals consider the accountability of their patients and society to a high extent. But what does this accountability really impose? A nurse should be able to determine if he or she has the appropriate knowledge, capability, and experience to engage securely in a required action when caring for a patient. If the nurse is not competent enough to perform such task, then he or she is expected to seek educational resources from other qualified nurses and other health care professional to preserve the quality of treatment and plan of

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