Posted on 13 May 2013.
Ethics, Values and Beliefs
Ethics is a term used to reflect what actions an individual should take. It is derived from the Greek term ethos, which means habits or customs. Ethics are process-oriented and involve critical analysis of actions. Kay Chitty, Beth Black. Professional Nursing: Concepts & Challenges, 5th Edition. 2007
. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) also has published a code of ethics for the profession. This document discusses the rights and responsibilities of nurses related to people, practice, society, co-workers, and the profession. The ICN first adopted a code of ethics in 1953. Its last revision, adopted in 2000, represents agreement by more than 80 national nursing associations that participate in the international association. Inherent in the International Council of Nurses Code for Nurses is nursing’s respect for the life, dignity, and rights of all people in a manner that is unmindful of nationality, race, creed, color, age, sex, political affiliation, or social status. Chitty, Black, K. (2007). Professional Nursing: Concepts & Challenges (5th ed).
Nurses are constantly having to make ethical decisions on a daily basis. My ethics and moral values dictate who I am and how I practice nursing. I have a strong Christian background, I believe that each person has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. They have the right to make informed decisions about their healthcare, the right to be told the truth. They have the right to be treated with compassion and caring and support for the decisions they or their family make without judgment.
Treating an elderly patient who is refusing to eat and makes the decision to not have a feeding tube placed is their right. After explaining the benefits, implications, the risk factors and reasons why physicians deem it necessary, I support their decision. I believe patients have the right to die. I believe they have the right to determine the course of their healthcare.
Or taking care of a dying person whose family cannot let go. Knowing if we continue with fluids, and no urine output what the expected results will be, I believe they have the right to know what is going on. After explaining how the body functions and natural process of dying they have a better understanding of what to expect. By providing information to the family regarding Do not resuscitate (DNR) in terms they can understand, and know what to expect if we resuscitate their loved one. This gives them the opportunity to make an informed consent, without me influencing their decision. If they decide to continue with a full code, even though I know will not survive, I support their decision and do everything needed to care for their loved.one.
As a compassionate nurse who values human life with respect to dignity, we are faced with challenging ethical and moral decisions every day. Choosing to do the right thing, every time is easy when your moral foundation and character is evidenced by how you live your life, not just as a nurse.
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