Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing

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Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing
Team A
Nur 391
June 25,2012
Alexandra Winter

Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing

The American Nurses Association Code of Nursing Ethics lays the guidelines for nurses to practice in the most professional and safe way for our patients. It holds us each responsible and accountable to our actions daily. It maintains that we practice within our scope as well as continue our education. In regard to the case studies of Marianne and her family as well as the other of a negligent nurse, the most influential piece in a final decision that comes from the Code of Nursing Ethics is the portion that discusses primary commitment. As nurses our first commitment is to our patient. Marianne cannot speak for herself, but we are still her voice, and the voice of her family. A nurse who caused harm to a patient due to her own negligence, will have to face her own consequence, but we as fellow nursing staff carry the ethical principle that the patient is still our priority. We must speak for the patient in a matter that questions what was done, and would it have been the same choice regardless of the nurse? As nurses we advocate for any patient to the best of our ability, no matter the circumstance, by putting aside our on discretions. Whether standing bed-side, or taking the stand in court, our responsibility is the same. What is best for the patient is also what is best for the nurse.


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