Autonomy- the Right of a Client to Self Determination

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Consider the six major ethical principles of autonomy, veracity, confidentiality, nonmalfeasance, beneficence, and justice. Think back over your many years of educational experiences. Provide examples from your past (either recent or distant—your choice) that illustrate the importance of these 6 major ethical principles. The experiences you recount may have happened to you personally, you may have witnessed them, or you may have read about or heard about them from others. Any of these types of examples are fine to use in your journal entry. The most important point is that you choose examples that made a lasting impression and influenced your feelings and perceptions related to education (either positive or negative—your choice). Write a conversational paragraph for each of the six principles, including your illustrative example and then brief discussion related to how the example shaped what you know and feel about the educational process.

Autonomy- the right of a client to self determination
In the ER where I currently work, I am usually not privy to the conversations between the physician and the patient. I am usually providing care to another patient. I receive the orders for pain medication and then proceed to the room to administer the medication. I feel it is my duty, as a nurse, to educate the patient regarding their right to refuse the medication the physician ordered. I empower them with education regarding the effects and side-effects and allow them to refuse the medication if they desire. I educate them to the importance of knowing as much information regarding their own healthcare as possible and allow them the choice to accept or refuse the offered medications. I feel strongly about this aspect of care in the ER. I do not feel the patient should blindly accept medications simply because it was prescribed by a physician. Veracity- truth telling; the honesty by a professional in providing full disclosure to a client of the risks and...
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