Utilitarian Theory In Nursing

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Mr. Delk, a stroke rehabilitation patient had the highest risks of falls and injuries and stroke victims also have a high incident of hip fractures. Therefore, the nurse should have a more thoughtful assessment, aggressive safety precautions, monitoring and constant inspection of patient’s surrounding environment. The plan of care should be based on those assessments and inspections, including self-care deficit, balance impairment and hemiparesis with motor impairment and gait impairment. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs safety is identified as one of the significant domains. In this particular case, the risk was clearly involved while two to three persons needed to get involved to transfer the patient with a gait belt with pivot maneuver …show more content…
Therefore, in this specific situation, Mr. Delk suffer from pain and fractured his hip s/p fall, which is the opposite of happiness at the end result. John Stuart Mill stated that the judgement of utilitarianism will fit depending on their final result. Mills also stated that “only right actions are those that produce the greatest happiness” (Burkhardt & Nathaniel, 2014, p. 41). Here, the primary nurse and the student nurse were failing to follow the utilitarian theory based on their action or end result. For instance, the primary nurse and the student nurse started the shift with the patient in a professional, compassionate, and caring relationship and the day were going smooth and peaceful way. However, when the maximum help needed during the care, the nurses neglected and missed one part of care and the incident happened. Overall, the conclusive result brought the negative outcome of the patient and this application was the opposite of …show more content…
From legal, ethical and professional point of views, nurses are responsible to meet the standard of care according to individual state nursing practice act. “The nurse practice act of each state protects the public, defines nursing practice, describes the boundaries of practice, establishes standard of nurses, and protect the domain of nursing” (Burkhardt & Nathaniel, 2014, p.140). In this specific case, from legal point of view, the court decided that the primary nurse and the student nurse were not guilty, since they started in a safe and protective way to transfer the patient. Secondly, Mr. Delk was fully aware that if he would get up on his own, he might fell and injured

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