Professional Roles and Values
Western Governors University
Professional Roles and Values
Nursing in the 21st century has evolved immensely since the days of Florence Nightingale, not only with medicines but also with the care of patients. Because of these changes and growth the code of ethics was developed and regulatory agencies were created to help and guide nurses. There are numerous professional nursing organizations, many catering to a nurses personal career choice. As an Emergency Room Nurse belonging to the Emergency Nurses Association, one of the many professional nursing ...view middle of the document...
With patients being diagnosed with HIV, cancer, mental disorders, or many other life-altering diagnoses, confidentiality with this information, even with coworkers, is vital. It would be unethical to break this confidentiality code. This confidentiality code I experienced numerous times. As when I was faced with taking care of a very famous celebrity. This celebrity was brought into our ER after experiencing a medical emergency. Many unessential hospital personal were inquiring about this celebrity, my patient. Also TV media were trying to access the unit the patient was on. It was my responsibility to defer both media and hospital personnel while respecting my patient confidentiality. Another theme in nursing ethics is to have respect for people and their autonomous choices. Patients have their own beliefs as to how they want their medical treatments to be administered. Informed consent, advance directives, and DNR are some ethical challenges that nurses must respect. Respecting a patient’s choice may be difficult to understand or justify but regardless respect must be given. Patient culture and religion play a heavy role in the care we provide. I faced this once when a patient culture was Yin and Yang. Yin represented by femininity and cold and Yang represented by masculinity and warmth. Care had to be provided with cold and warm intertwine with food and medicines. Whether as health care professional we know that a certain treatment would prove live saving, if the patient beliefs deem differently we must respect their choices.
The ANA Code of Ethics can be viewed as the Bible for nursing care. It states how a nurse should care for their patients and themselves. Facing these ethical codes is a daily occurrence in the field of nursing. For example, the Patient and Impaired Practice is one some have faced. It states that “nurses must protect the patient, the public, and the profession from potential harm when practice appears to be impaired.” (Steering Committee, 2014), A situation arose when a fellow colleague presented himself to work as overly cheerful and inappropriate, not acting himself. Concerns were addressed to the supervisor where the colleague was tested for substance abuse. This individual was found to be impaired and escorted off the premises. Unfortunately, this happened again even after he sought assistance for substance abuse. It is a nurse’s duty to take action to protect the patients. The Nature of Health is another code that states “nurses will respect the dignity and rights of all human beings regardless of the factors contributing to the person’s health status.” (Steering Committee, 2014). Sometimes nurses are faced with patients who are “regulars”, causing some nurses to formulate preconceived notions, or to simply disregard the patient and his or her needs. Previously faced with a patient who was a regular to our facility, this patient stated that she felt degraded, judged and disrespected by previous...