Values are a huge part of who we are and how we compose ourselves in our

Values are a huge part of who we are and how we

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relationship with the patient and makes the time with each other more enjoyable and relaxed. Values are a huge part of who we are and how we compose ourselves in our professional setting. My ethical behavior is derived from my individual values that have been developing since I was a child. (Burkhardt & Nathaniel 2002). Burkhardt & Nathaniel state, "values are acquired in both conscious and unconscious ways and we need to be aware that we’re not always realizing that we have a given set of values or that these values are affecting our decisions ".Many times we may not realize we are judging someone based on our unconscious values that are not as clear to us as our conscious values. That is why self-awareness is very important in ,
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ETHICAL DILEMMA OF PROLONGED LIFE AGAINST THE PATIENTS REQUEST 1 determining your true values and how important they are to you both personally and professionally. Evaluating and exploring your patient's wishes and values are the only way you're going to connect with this patient and the only way the patient is going to trust you and be honest with you. Working in the medical field for Hospice has me at an advantage to many other medical staff. When a patient comes into my care, I am legally obligated to treat them as a DNR. Hospice believes that we do not prolong a life that is ready to end. We are there to make them as comfortable as possible until they expire. Communication with the family of the patient is something that Hospice takes extremely seriously. The family needs to be involved in every part of the process the patient is going through. By doing this, one is encouraging the family to be present and making sure to not alienate the family. This time is as detrimental to the patient as it is to the family. We are there emotionally for the family as they accept the loss and move on. When asked to come up with a plan to determine the family’s decision to continue with life support, there is no way to tread lightly. This is an ethical decision that myself and the family will differ on. Yet this is a decision that is up to the family and the patient. I may not agree with the family’s decision, but that is not my job. During medical assistant courses you learn how to think critically and professionally. My obligation is to always care for my patients’ rights, health and safety. The medical world sometimes can be very difficult when it comes to medical decisions that are not your responsibility. But when you take a step back and see it from the other prospective, one has to be understanding. Not everyone wants or likes a Big Mac from McDonalds. Just because you make the decision to have things one way doesn’t mean that someone else may want the same. ,
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ETHICAL DILEMMA OF PROLONGED LIFE AGAINST THE PATIENTS REQUEST 1 References Burkhardt, M. & Nathaniel, A. (2002). Ethics & issues in contemporary nursing (2nd ed.) New York: Delmar. Learning Express Editors (2013). In Ethics in a Medical Setting . Nursing World (2012), ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements. ,
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