PERSONAL NURSING ETHICS 6
Aprofessional moral compass can be defined as an inner-like tool inhuman minds that guides people on how to behave in their professionalcareers. There are many cultural, personal and spiritual values ofindividuals, which are influenced by their worldviews and thephilosophy in nursing practice. Ethical dilemmas arise when thesepersonal values conflict with individual’s duties and obligationsin nursing practice. Since ethical dilemmas are common in the nursingprofession, consideration of the individual’s ethics, which aredriven by motivation, passion, loyalty and inspiration, is essentialin creating an effective professional moral compass required innursing practice(GCU,2011).
Iwas born and raised up in the United States under care of astaunch-Christian family. My parents have instilled many positivevalues, which I possess up to date. My personal values created byparents contribute a lot to my worldview and philosophy of nursing.Ialso learnt how to do my best in everything when I was young and thishas been very important in my nursing profession. As a nurse in theUS, I have learnt that responsibility and integrity are among thebest values one can have in delivery of care. These values have alsocontributed to my worldview and philosophies of nursing.
Ibelieve that nursing is all about being responsible and trustworthyso as to deliver excellent health care services.Being consistent andtruthful in your actions is very important especially when you aredealing with helpless patients. Instead of putting blames on others,I have taken responsibility for almost everything in care deliveryand impacted positively on the society. In fact, being responsiblemakes you work harder and address all the problematic issues innursing profession.
Mymotivation and inspiration from my mother keeps me in motion innursing practice(GCU,2011).The love and care that was given to me when I was young has alsocontributed much into my worldview and philosophy of nursing. I thinkthe nursing profession requires people who are driven by passion. Ilove treating others the way my parents used to treat me andaccomplish the work of God by delivering care. My mom keeps oninspiring me to work hard and achieve success. This has motivated meto solve many problems along the way and I have eventually achievedsuccess.That passion of being ready to serve, make a difference andleave an everlasting impression has enabled me to achieve my careergoals in nursing(GCU,2011).
Ethics,Values and Morals in the context of Nursing Practice
Nursingethics comprise of the standard ethical principles that guide nursingpractice and conduct. The ethics also govern the relationshipsbetween medical practitioners and patients. The Codes of Ethicsprovided by the American Nurses’ Association are essential ingoverning the nurses’ ethics during their health care delivery. Iam obliged to deliver quality care and leave an everlastingimpression to the patients. Having the nursing ethics, you can treateveryone irrespective of their gender, race or ethnic backgrounds.Another important ethical principle is the commitment to the patientand not any other person. In my nursing practice, I have been verykeen in serving the clients (patients) even in times of industrialstrikes, political instabilities or low economy status.
Valuesin the nursing context can be referred to those values acquired fromthe codes of ethics, socialization with teachers and peer nurses andnursing experiences. Values usually develop over time in the nursingpractice. It all starts with cognitive thinking that create beliefsamong the practitioners based on nursing experience, philosophy andworldview of nursing. For example, nurses may develop certain beliefsabout death, health, death and illness. After the beliefs aredeveloped, they are prized and cherished among the nurses. The laststage involves incorporating these confirmed values in nursingpractice. The values and morals are viewed as part of organizationalculture that exists in healthcare institutions.
Moralssimply means right or wrong. Moral development may refer to theprocess of learning to distinguish right from wrong. In nursingpractice, morals can be principle-based, relationships-based orutility-based depending on situations. In my obligation to practice,I try to respect people and do the right thing so as to create aneverlasting impression to the clients.
Asindicated earlier, ethical dilemmas arise when your personal values,worldview and philosophy conflicts with your duties and obligation tonursing practice. Since am very compassionate to those suffering, Ifeel bad when my colleagues concentrate on the bureaucratic protocolsin health institutions. Sometimes I find patients struggling withpain in health institutions just because the practitioners areconcentrating on other issues. Yet the Codes of Ethics requiresmedical practitioners to be committed to patients at all times.
Onanother different note, I find it unethical to put blames on eachother instead of delivering care to the patient. I am responsible forevery action and thus I expect our leaders to be accountable forhis/her actions, as well. Otherwise, when the leader requires met tosettle issues that not related to the health of the patients, I getinto an ethical dilemma. I believe that we should serve the clients(patients) first before other administration issues(GCU,2011).
Innursing practice you may face many ethical dilemmas that needscritical decision making. Ethical dilemmas emerge when euthanasia isadopted to terminate the life of a suffering patient instead ofkeeping him/her alive. The question of whether killing in suchsituations is morally justified has obsessed my mind for severaltimes. I think you should not kill at whatever circumstances becauseGod does not advocate for murder. Additionally, the fact life isworth more that economic savings makes euthanasia unethical andinconsistent with my personal beliefs and laws of God(GCU,2011).
Mypassion to the suffering and being loyal to God and my family guidesme in decision making when faced with ethical dilemmas. In addition,the motivation and inspirations from my mum has been very essentialin the deciding what to do in critical nursing situations. I believethat my personal values lead me in the right direction at all times.Usually, I experience ethical dilemmas in scenarioswhereby theadministration requires nurses to involve patients in lengthyprocedures of identification and registration before they aretreated. These lengthy procedures make patients experience prolongedpains and yet there are adequate facilities and medicine to treatthem.
Mypassion to serve and make a change in health care delivery hassignificantly my behaviour for the last two years. At times, I treatpatients without following the procedures stipulated by our healthcare organization’s administration. This is because I have thepassion of helping the suffering and promote change by bringinghealth care closer to the patients(GCU,2011).
GrandCanyon University (GCU), 2011.MyNursing Ethic.Arizona:Grand Canyon University.