ETHICS IN THE NURSING PROFESSION 4 serious injuries. At this point, it is the duty of the nurse to provide immediate medication that will help alleviate the patient’s pain as quickly as possible. This aspect shows that the aspect of doing good to others is significant within the nursing profession. Principle of Justice This principle points to the idea of the equal and fair distribution of resources to all the citizens. As such, all members of the public should be treated equally regardless of what they have to offer or who they are as individuals. The nursing profession is not an exception to this principle of ethics. This aspect of justice is a common phenomenon to the nurses because they are required to decide how much attention to give to one patient before moving to another and how to distribute resources to the patients. The Nursing Codes of Conduct captures the aspect of justice in the first provision where the nurses are obliged to treat all their patients equally regardless of their situation, condition or illness. Conflict of Interest Conflicts of interest in nursing arise when a nurse’s private or personal interests clash with those of the patient. Further, a conflict of interest can arise when a nurse’s responsibilities are in direct contrast with their personal or private interests. The conflicts can be actual, potential in nature, or just perceived (Zhi, 2002). Nurses face these ethical conflicts of interests in their duties all the time. Some of the issues that bring about these conflicts are the freedom granted to the patient and the limited control of the nurse. Nurses are professionally trained and have adequate knowledge on what can be helpful to the patient. On the other hand, the Nursing Codes of conduct dictate that the nurses ought to respect the patient’s decision concerning treatment.
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