New Zealand Nursing Case Study

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In New Zealand registered nurses have been provided with the code of ethics to understand and analyse the concept of the responsibilities applied to nursing while practising in New. The code requires nurses to provide patient care to the best of their ability, ensuring that professional boundaries are established and followed. (New Zealand Nurses Organisation [NZNO] code of ethics, 2010)Ethics is about defining a person’s moral status on what is right or wrong, making a judgement as to what is identified as unjust and unfair remembering to put all things in prospective (Johnstone, 2012, p. 140). This essay will define and discuss New Zealand Registered nurses ethical responsibilities.
Nursing is a career that focuses on the well-being and
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In nursing, autonomy is respecting the client’s decision whether to accept or decline the recommended medical treatment they would like to receive. (NZNO code of ethics, 2012, p.12)
Non-maleficence refers to “doing no harm”, indicating that injury is not intentional. This applies to nurses providing care for the patient, un-intentionally hurting the patient but the benefits outweigh the harm (NZNO code of ethics, 2012, p.12).
Beneficence, “doing good”, ensures that the person is doing their job to the best of their ability. In nursing this providing the best care with the skills learnt. (NZNO code of ethics, 2012, p.12)
Justice, “fairness”, refers to treating people equally and fairly. The nurse has to be culturally sensitive to each patient, ensuring fair treatment and respect. (NZNO code of ethics, 2010,
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13). This principle ensures that personal information gained by nurses is kept confidential, only revealing necessary information to health professionals, and ensuring patient permission/consent has been granted (Griffith R, 2015, p. 1). As a registered nurse, one of the ethical responsibilities is identifying the process of maintaining confidentiality when handling client information, this is done by collecting, processing and transferring essential information (NZNO code of ethics 2010, p.16). For example; pregnancy terminations, prolonged mental illnesses, incurable disease such as HIV & cancer, type 2 diabetes due to obesity or anorexia as a result of starvation to the body. The medical issues listed are sensitive, therefore the nurse has a responsibility to follow the privacy guidelines by the code of ethics for maintaining confidentiality towards a patient. Patients are often sensitive when discussing medical information, so it is essential for nurses to maintain a high standard of

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