Grand Canyon University
Introduction to the Study of Ethics
June 22, 2013
Personal ethics is something that every individual has instilled in them and lives their life by. Personal, cultural, and spiritual values contribute to an individual’s worldview and philosophy of nursing, in the nursing practice. An ethical dilemma may arise when the individuals personal values, philosophy and worldview conflict with their obligation to nursing practice. Individual views and morals affect the behavior and decision’s made by each person. The health care field creates an environment that creates ethical dilemma’s based on the morals of each individual who practices nursing. My personal, cultural and spiritual beliefs stem from where I come from. I was born and raised on a farm, with two Catholic parents, all four of my grandparents within 2 miles, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, all in one small town of a thousand people. Living on a farm I learned hard work. I learned discipline and how to care for things, because if I didn’t do my work, the animals would suffer. I learned about the Catholic religion, and how powerful faith is. I learned how to pray and forgive and ask for forgiveness. My Catholic background gave me a spiritual compass to follow. Being raised in a small town taught me the value of kindness and friendliness. Everyone said “hi” to everyone. When someone was sick, everyone would help. Neighbors shared things, as a farm family, we shared our equipment with others who weren’t able to buy their own. Being blessed to have all of my family so close taught me how valuable families, and their opinions are. It is this background that has motivated and inspired me my whole life. I have wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember; my dream has always been to be able to care for my patients and their families. My origin has offered me my own personal philosophy of...
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