This resuscitate order is considered as an ethical dilemma in nursing care The

This resuscitate order is considered as an ethical

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This resuscitate order is considered as an ethical dilemma in nursing care. The broader bioethicalprinciples are also applied in these ethical dilemmas which nurses face in the health care system.
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Sheesh 5Ethical DilemmaBeneficence and Non-maleficence:One of the most important bioethical principle in nursing ethics is beneficence, this principle address the ethical dilemma like resuscitation. According to this principle the health care professional should work in the best interest of the patient (Kiehl, 2006). In hospitals when there is a do not resuscitate order, it is commonly believed that care is not given to the patient. This is a completely wrong perception, in actuality patient receives appropriate medication and nursing care. The goals for the patient can be changed after the initiation of resuscitation order, health care professional can still utilize the life-prolonging measures (Baker et al., 2010). When the patient is in the end stage of life, the goals of nursing care shifts towards improving the quality of life. This nursing care includes providing patient comfortable and happy environment so that he can feel good and enjoy the precious moments of his/her life. This bioethical principle of beneficence is the most suitable and applied to children who are at the end stage of their life, in this situation the children is in extreme pain and sufferings, the act of do not resuscitate is best in this case to reduce the pain and sufferings. The other bioethical principle is Non-maleficence according to which you do no harm to the patient (Kiehl, 2006). This principle is also applied by the nursing care to the children who is at the end stage of his life. All the treatment is stopped for that child because he is not getting any benefit from these interventions. So nurse can discuss thissituation with the family members and limit the intervention at the end to relieve the sufferings and optimize the quality of life of children (Lyon et al., 2008). When a child is dying the act of do not resuscitate order is according to the non-maleficent principle of ethics. The Dilemma:It is sometimes assumed that the family and health care team have given up on the recovery of child (Wright et al., 2008). When the discussion of do not resuscitate starts nurses
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Sheesh 6Ethical Dilemmacan question themselves about this dilemma because the life of a child is precious and after applying the personal morals and nursing bioethical principles of beneficence and non-maleficence, nurses can make a better decision. The ethical obligation of nurse is to protect the patients from difficult conditions. The lack of staffing serve as an ethical dilemma in fulfilling the ethical obligation. This condition is challenging for nurses as the hospital assign limited nurses to provide care for number of patients. In this way hospital sets unrealistic goals for the nurses. In this way nurses fail to deliver proper patient care to chronically ill patients who requireholistic care. One of the report published in the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing revealed that
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