Ethics In Nursing: Ethics And Legal Dilemmas

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Health care providers, such as a nurse, tend to bear an altruistic heart, and often for them their profession is not just a means to financial stability. Instead, it entails value and significance because, so many people depend on them. Given the importance of a nurse in the medical field ethical repercussion is fundamental, as ethics defines how one ought to conduct themselves. Whereas, legal rights and laws are ethical philosophies that have been constructed to regulate and enforce how you must act. For this reason, the American Nurse Association, created provisions to guide a nurse through ethical and legal dilemmas they may come across. For example, the first provision given is “The nurse, in all professional relationships,
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So when put in these predicaments of making ethical decisions although, the American Nurse Association can offer some solace in resolution with ethical dilemmas, it is in the nurse’s best interest to educate herself of the origination of these ethical philosophies and know how to apply them to real scenarios. As, philosophical theories and legal rights help shed light on resolution for ethical dilemmas.
A few concepts or theories that bring substantial bearing are positive and negative rights, Judith Jarvis (Roe v. Wade), a Hippocratic oath “by which doctors are sworn to heal, not to take live,” and Kant’s autonomy concept from the second categorical imperative:
“Thus people are value-givers because they can decide rationally what they want and what they don’t want. That means that rational beings are persons, and the second formulation of the categorical imperative is focused on respect for persons: Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of another, always at the same time as an end and never simply as means.” (Rosenstand, p. 671 and

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