My Professional Moral Compass Essay

718 Words Aug 6th, 2012 3 Pages
Running head: MY PROFESSIONAL MORAL COMPASS

My Professional Moral Compass
Pamela Chesnut
Grand Canyon University
Ethical Decision Making in Health Care
NRS 437V

July 26, 2012

My Professional Moral Compass
A professional moral compass is something everyone has and lives by. It helps assist in making decisions and is based on morals or virtues. My personal moral compass is directed by various inspirations, passions, and values that I try to live by. Compassion, loyalty, integrity, honor, faithfulness, hard work, service unto others, self-discipline, accountability, and a good sense of humor contribute to my worldview and philosophy of nursing. I try to give the same quality of care to all patients and their
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In turn this can cause a conflict with my obligation to practice, creating an ethical dilemma. There is no “right” solution to an ethical dilemma. So what is an ethical dilemma? It is a problem without a satisfactory resolution. The Code of Ethics for Nurses, adopted by the American Nurses' Association (ANA) was developed as a guide for carrying out nursing responsibilities in a manner consistent with quality in nursing care and the ethical obligations of the profession (The American Nurses Association, 2012). To assist nurses in personal and social decision making with an ethical dilemma they often use personal ethics in combination with the nurses code of ethics.
Nurses face ethical dilemmas on a daily basis regardless of where they practice and can impact nurses and their patients. To assist nurses with ethical dilemmas they should become aware of their own values and ethical aspects of nursing, be familiar with nursing codes of ethics and respect the values, opinions, and responsibilities of other health care professional that may be different from your own. An ethical dilemma that one may face in the health care field is termination of life-sustaining treatment. When the choice is to withdraw life-sustaining treatment nurses must understand that it is not a decision to withdraw care instead they provide comfort measures as the client’s illness progresses. My personal views can affect my behavior and my decision making by having a negative attitude.

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