Newcomb that he may do whatever he wishes and I will honor my patient and nurse confidentiality but I will not assist him by lying or getting involved. This allows him to make his own decisions and choose what he wants to tell his wife without me having to lie or cover for him. Beneficence is the promotion of ones’ well-being. In this scenario I am fulfilling this principle by being there for my patient and allowing him to confide in me and continuing to care for him in my nursing duties. Non-maleficence is similar, but involves avoiding harm to an individual. In this circumstance, I would speak with Mr. Newcomb and see if I can help him come up with a solution where the good out ways the bad. Regardless of his decisions and actions I have to respect his choices giving him autonomy. Justice is the hardest principle of health care ethics because it involves a level of fairness. However, what is fair to the patient may not always be fair to the nurse or family members. By handling the situation in this manner, I stated above I am being fair to my patient by not breaking his trust while also being fair to myself. My own personal beliefs and values is that infidelity is wrong, which makes it hard for 2
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- Fall '15
- Nursing, Health care provider