Learning Team A
University of Phoenix
NUR/391 Professional Nursing Practice
Instructor: Lisa M. Alexander
December 10, 2012
Legal and Ethical Concepts of Professional Nursing
. Our team chose the topic of Legal and Ethical Concepts of Professional Nursing for various reasons; one is because we feel that ethics is something that we incorporate into our everyday routine. We are advocates for our patients, and it is our sole responsibility to fulfill the needs of our patient. According to Snellman & Gedda (2012), the code of nursing ethics is the value ground of our profession and is responsible for promoting and restoring health, preventing illness, and to alleviate suffering of our patients. Another rationale for selecting this topic is we are interested in how we maintain patient’s legal rights within ethical dilemmas. According to Guido (2001), “nurses must recognize the difference between legal rights and ethical views" (p. 53). We also are choosing legal and ethical concepts of professional nursing because it is a subject nurses must deal with in our everyday profession whether that be as an intake and admissions nurse for our hospice department or a labor and delivery nurse for a tubal ligation. We as nurses will face ethical and legal issues multiple times in our careers no matter what path we take. “Such a decision to care is not to be taken lightly. When a person chooses to be a nurse, he or she has made a moral commitment to care for all patients” (Lachman, 2012, p. 114).
“Nurses are in a key position to recognize vulnerable patients, advocate on their behalf, and serve as an important liaison between the patient and other members of the care giving team” (Pavlish, 2011, para. 6). The patient is very susceptible to their dignity and rights that may be ignored because of their knowledge deficit relating to legal and ethical issues. The focus on patient health compromises their...