Ethics Game Simulation Reflective Journal

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Ethics Game Simulation Reflective Journal

Ethics Game Simulation Reflective Journal

Ethics is defined as “the branch of philosophy concerned with evaluating human action… meaning character, customs, or habitual uses, ethics encompasses a process of determining right conduct from wrong.” (Guido, 2010, p. 3). Nurses are confronted with numerous ethical dilemmas that are intertwined with legal issues. Concepts of ethical and legal concepts are frequently interplayed and decisions between the two are often intricate. One must go through steps of the critical decision process and contemplation among the four lenses for the best solution. The four lenses include the Rights and Responsibility lens, the Results lens, the Relationships lens, and the Reputation lens. (Ethicgame, 2012). Based on moral, value and virtual one can come to the best decision going through each lens. Two scenarios were presented in the ethic simulation game. The first one involved a 16- year- old girl in active labor, whose parents are adamant on limiting medical assistance and pain relief. Their decision was based on bad premise of religious belief to “punish” the patient for premarital pregnancy. The ethical dilemma in this case is that the patient is a minor, and legally the parents are entitled to make decisions regarding her care. Ethically, as nurse we are in a position to do no harm and provide adequate care to the patient. In the simulation, question of many aspect of decision- making were raised. Course of action to take, stakeholders and how their perspective role will be influence by my decision were analyzed. Rights and responsibility and the result lens were used to make the decision in the simulation. The ethical thing to do in this situation is to advocate for the most vulnerable, which in this case is the patient who is a miner. Although her parents have the legal right, their intention was to "punish" and not for the patient’s best interest....
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