Ethics and Its Impact on Nursing Essay

1811 Words Jul 23rd, 2013 8 Pages
Ethics and its impact on nursing

“Ethics is not definable, is not implementable, because it is not conscious; it involves not only our thinking, but also our feeling,” Valdemar W. Setzer. According to Fundamentals of Nursing, The Art and Science of Nursing Care, (4th edition)” ethics is a systematic inquiry into principles of right and wrong conduct, of virtue and vice, and of good and evil as they relate to conduct” (84).Taylor, Lillis and LeMone writes,” Nurses are assuming increasing responsibility for managing care and they are prepared to recognize the ethical dimensions of their practice and participate more competently in
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Furthermore, there are several ethical theories in nursing, codes of ethics and standards of nursing practice that guide nursing conduct. According to Taylor, Lillis and LeMone “Ethical Theories are systems of thought that attempt to explain how we ought to live and why? These theories may be categorized as action-guiding theories that answer the question, “What I ought to do or character-guiding theories that answer the question, “What kind of person I ought to be” (84)? “Nursing ethics, which is a subset of bioethics, is the formal study of ethical issues that arise in the practice of nursing and of the analysis used by nurses to make ethical judgments” (1). There are two theoretical and practical approaches for bioethics; Firstly, the principle based approach in bioethics offers specific action guidelines. The Beauchamp/ Childress principle based approach to bioethics (1994) identifies four key principles: autonomy, nonmalificience, beneficence and justice. These four key principles have several implications for nursing practice. Firstly, Autonomy this means that the nurse and other health care professionals should respect the rights of the patients or their surrogates to make decisions regarding healthcare. The nurse provides the information and supports the patients and families need to make the decision that is right for them; at times, this may mean collaborating with other members of the healthcare team to advocate for the

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