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ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING 2 Ethical Decision-making Introduction While career opportunities in the field of nursing are quite fulfilling, there is quite a myriad of ethical issues that come with this career opportunity. Regardless of their areas of practice, nurses are usually presented with quite a lot of ethical challenges and dilemmas (Whitehead, 2007). Despite the fact that there are no definite right or wrong answers regarding some of the ethical circumstance in the field of medicine that result to certain ethical dilemmas, there are often certain principles (regulatory mechanisms) through which ethical decisions are established. The core role of the regulatory mechanisms is to ensure that the highest levels of ethics are preserved. One of these regulatory mechanisms includes the International Council of Nurses' code of ethics (World Health Organization, & International Council of Nurses, 2007). The code of ethics not only promotes the basic accountabilities related to supporting health, preventing illnesses and easing suffering but also recognizes the respect for the human rights, cultural rights, the right to dignity, the right to life and choice and lastly the right to be treated with respect (Whitehead, 2007). One thing worth noting concerning ethical decision making is that it is not that easy or it should not be considered easy. What this means is that individuals and stakeholders should often tread with open minds and careful thoughts in matters regarding harms, benefits, wrongs and rights that are at stake. According to Ozolins and Grainger (2015), ethics is not a definite subject which is either known or not. The authors believe that ethics is one area that heavily relies on practice and study, feeling and thinking and lastly knowledge and intuition. Ethical models can be used by nurses to help them tackle various ethical problems (Ozolins & Grainger, 2015).
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ETHICAL DECISION-MAKING 3 Various practitioners prefer different ethical decision-making styles. A section of nurses would find it quite satisfying applying decision-making approaches that significantly align with the planning, assessment, intervention, evaluation components and the nursing process (Freegard, 2012). This can be quite a good approach. In other situations, some nurses may feel greater levels of confidence when deploying ethical doctrines as a means for solving some of the ethical issues in their contexts. There are also other nurses who may rely on the exploration of relationships to gain perspectives that can be used solve various ethical issues (Whitehead, 2007). To understand the study topic in a better manner, the essay introduces a case of one Elsie Lee, an 88 years old patient who due to her deteriorating health conditions has been moved to a Residential Aged Care Facility (RAC). Elsie’s admission to the RAC facility follows her recent condition preceded by difficulty mobilizing as a result of severe rheumatoid arthritis alongside a short-term memory and vision impairment. Her medical history also indicates that Elsie has had
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