Ethical Theories In Nursing

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As we have learned in this week assignment, many ethical theories are based on moral truths and they utilize several ethical principles that guide nursing practice. These “ethical principles include respect for autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, veracity, confidentiality, justice, and fidelity” (Burkhardt & Nathaniel, 2014, p.85). For the purpose of this discussion, I would like to talk about autonomy and advocacy. Autonomy. When we talk about patients’ autonomy we think of having respect. The respect a patient as a human being that can make choices and decisions on a plan of action when it comes to his/her care. Also, can act freely upon the choices that were made. My personal view is that autonomy is a cornerstone of ethical principles in the healthcare system. Advocacy. When we talk about advocacy we think about interceding for a patient. Nurses need to advocate for patients’ safety and their righties. Many times nurses have a unique position. This stems from the fact that nurses are working between patients and doctors, therefore, they need to act as mediators between them. According to NASN (2016), school …show more content…
My responsibility is to advocate for all of my students. For example, when a class where there is a handicapped child schedule a field trip to go to a place where there are no handicapped assessable entrances, or there are procedure that I would have to perform on a field trip which requires privacy and the facilities simply do not have such a room where they can accommodate or there is transgender student and he/she wants to use the restroom of the sex he/she identifies and not the one that is born with. Yet, another example where I employ advocacy is when there is a suspicion of neglect or abuse. Additionally, in the arena of health promotion within the school environment and beyond advocacy is necessary. These are just a few instances where I employ