Verena Tschudin's Global Trends In Nursing Ethics

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Nursing is an excellent and rewarding career to pursue, but it is not without its problems. In Global Trends in Nursing Ethics, Verena Tschudin discusses many problems that plague nursing, specifically policy issues. Policy issues include nurse migration and the desire for hospitals to be more competitive by increasing efficiency. Both of these problems have to have many solutions but the underlying cause is the nurse shortage that causes moral distress. Another cause of moral distress is the doctor and nurse relationship which cannot be solved by the nursing shortage. The only way to fix this issue is by fixing the relationship between the two. This essay will discuss these three issues above, along with methods of fixing them.
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Nurse migration is the process of people leaving their low-income countries, getting an education, and gaining profession prestige as a nurse. However, this is harmful to the nations they are abandoning because they are obstructing health development (Tschudin 566). I believe that everyone has a responsibility to society, and some professions have more responsibility than others do. Nursing is one of those occupations. The duty of a nurse is to care and in the world of global bioethics, the nurse does not just care about the country they are currently serving; they care about the country they left. The strongest argument against this claim comes from professional autonomy, or the choice people have in their career. If a nurse left a country for a better life, worked hard, and achieved their goal, we cannot stop force them to go back to their country. That would be ethnocentric, and I agree with this argument. However, if we wish to achieve global bioethics, we need a standard system, and not just for nurses that come from another country. One example I …show more content…
Nurses are encouraged to treat patients quickly and efficiently, but these rules are not without fault. Nurses are not always able to “exercise professional discretion” (Tschudin 566) when treating patients expeditiously. When nurses are not able to treat patients the way they need to be treated, it is a cause of moral distress. Moral distress is knowing what to do, but being unable to do the right thing because of various constraints on a nurse (Tschudin 568). Forcing a nurse to expedite treatment while still upholding the quality of treatment is stressful and a good-intentioned approach to this issue can easily go wrong. The obvious answer to this problem is to hire more nurses, but this only benefits the countries that have nurses—usually the richer ones. As Tschudin mentioned before, nurse migration is a problem for poorer countries because they do not have enough nurses to begin with, and when they try to expedite care further, the system will be overwhelmed and no one will get care. To me, the cause of moral distress seems to have an underlying factor—the nursing shortage. If more nurses were available, each patient would have adequate time with the nurse and the nurse would feel less pressure to see as many patients as possible. Is can be achieved through education, not only in this country, but also around the world.

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