ethical responsibility of nurses
Consider the ethical responsibility of nurses in ensuring patient autonomy, beneficence, non-malfeasance, and justice. Legal and Ethical Conduct As emphasized in the week’s media presentation, all nurses need to be familiar with the laws and regulations that govern their practice: their state’s Nurse Practice Act, ANA’s Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, specialty group standards of practice, etc.
In addition, basic ethical principles guide nurses? decision-making process every day. ANA’s Code of Ethics and ANA’s Social Policy Statement are two important documents that outline nurses? ethical responsibilities to their patients, themselves, and their profession.
This said, there is a dilemma: The laws are not always compatible with the ethical positions nurses sometimes take. The week’s Discussion focuses on such a dilemma.To prepare:Review the week’s Learning Resources, focusing on the information in the media presentation about the relationship between the law and ethics.
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