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Running Head: ETHICAL DILEMMA – A PEDIATRIC PATIENT1Ethical Dilemma – A Pediatric PatientJaime HamiltonChamberlain College of Nursing – Saint Louis, MONR-328 Pediatric NursingSummer SessionJune 2016
Running Head: ETHICAL DILEMMA – A PEDIATRIC PATIENTWith genetic disorders many ethical dilemmas can be raised. In the cases of pediatric patients, the nurse may not agree with parents doing things they are doing, but unfortunately it is not the nurses job to oppose her beliefs on others only to treat the patient. When being faced with an ethical dilemma with a patient the nurse must put aside her personal beliefs and treat the patient and the parents with the same respect she would treat anyone.My current pediatric patient was diagnosed at 7 months old with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome an X-linked recessive disorder that causes abnormal bleeding and recurrent infections[Imm13]. In this type of disorder, the mother was most likely a carrier of the gene causing the illness, but was unaware of any abnormalities. At the time of treating the patient I became awarethat the parents were interested in having more children and were actively in the process of trying. With the type of disorder this patient has the family has a very high chance of having another son who has the disorder or a daughter who will become a carrier, thus bringing more children into the world with a life threatening illness.