How do you apply your personal values and professional ethics to your nursing practice? Refer to the Ethical Lens Inventory and readings when responding. ANSWER:

Please goggle this book for participation
material:

“Guido, G. W. (2010).
Legal & ethical issues in nursing (5thed.). Upper Saddle River,
NJ: Prentice Hall”.

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PLEASE NOTE:

EACH QUESTION should be at least 200-300 words and
contain at least one citation from a peer reviewed reference. THANKS

QUESTION
1)

How do you apply your personal values and
professional ethics to your nursing practice? Refer to the Ethical Lens
Inventory and readings when responding.

ANSWER:

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QUESTION 2)

You mentioned that you no longer work at a
place that did not line up with your code of ethics. Do you think nurses should
find places of employment that agree with their code of ethics?

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QUESTION 3)

As a nurse who is pro-life, I would not seek
employment in an abortion clinic. Do you feel that nurses have the right to
refuse to participate in a patient’s care that goes against the nurse’s
beliefs?

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QUESTION 4)

Which ethical principles do you feel you use on
a regular basis? Please give examples of how you incorporate the principles
into your practice.

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QUESTION 5)

Since I have
become a nurse manager, it has been one of my goals to build a culture where
nurses are safe to speak up, weather it involves a patient care issue, a
mistake that as made, a process that is not working, etc. This type of
culture brings psychological safety to my unit and nurses take pride and
ownership of their own professionalism. Nurses are empowered and
supported to make an ethical stand and feel job satisfaction when they see the
goods of their efforts.

Hi Class,

What are you describing reminds
me of the concept of “just culture.” In this type of culture, health
care workers are not reprimanded when reporting errors. The entire system is
reviewed when an error is made in order to find out the causes for the error.
Do you feel you practice just culture?

Boysen,
P. G. (2013). Just culture: A foundation for balanced accountability and
patient safety.Ochsner Journal, 13(3), 400 – 406. Retrieved
from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3776518/

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QUESTION 6)

I
think as a nurse we need to leave at home whatever that could hinder the
way we care for our patient, they come first and if any nurse does not
see it that way, they need a check on self as to what profession they
really want to be in.

I agree that nurses should try
not to impose their personal beliefs on patients and let those beliefs dictate
their care. However, what rights do nurses have in these types of situations?

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QUESTION
7)

So,
although I value the ethical principle of autonomy for others, I also think
that there has to be balance.

HI
Class,

In these types of situations,
can mental health patients be “forced” to take their medications?

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QUESTION
8)

I see that you
mentioned personal experiences. Sometimes we don’t like to admit that we
allow our past experiences affect our professional decisions but we do allow
them to dictate our personal decisions. I admire your honesty in this
area. I think it is important that you acknowledge that and shows an area
of insight that you can use to help guide other nurses in how to distinguish
how to balance our professional ethics with personal experience during decision
making. I think we sometimes think
that using personal experience will not positively impact decisions because of
prejudice and bias but being aware of this can be useful. Do you
agree? Is there a delicate balance or a fine margin as you mention?
I am glad that we have a professional code of ethics to help guide us in the
process. I can think of a time when my personal beliefs didn’t line up
with the “code” at the correctional facility and even challenged the
nursing code of ethics. It was difficult at times to make decisions in
that environment. Hence, I no longer work there. Do you feel that you ever compromise your religious beliefs by
following your professional code? I find the ANA Code of Ethics very
useful.

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