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Nursing (Nursing 172) Ethics Essay - Grade: A

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Gateway Community College, Phoenix

Nursing (Nursing 172)

Ethics Essay – Grade: A

Ethics Essay
The Code of Ethics for Nurses are housed by the American Nurses Association (ANA),
which serves as an outline of guiding principles regarding ethics that “establishes the ethical
standard for the profession and provides a guide for nurses to use in ethical analysis and
decision-making.” (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2015, p. vii) Working with patients,
nurses will face many ethical dilemmas which is why it is important to incorporate these ethical
guidelines into our daily practices. Our commitment as nurses is to the patient and to advocate to
protect the patient’s health, safety, and rights. My chosen scenario involves observation of a
homeless person without any insurance that is being provided substandard care by the healthcare
team. In this situation, nurses should be concerned of the patient being treated unfairly due to his
socioeconomical status of being homeless with no insurance which applies to the primary ethical
principal of “Justice” (Ebstein & Ward, 2016, p. 351) along with provision 1.1 “Respect for
Human Dignity.” (ANA, 2015, p. 1) Both justice and provision 1.1 promote the belief that all
patients should receive the same high-quality care as any other patient.
Justice is an ethical principle that focuses on the concept of treating all patients fairly and
equally. The principle delivers to “the idea of distribution of goods” (Ebstein & Ward, 2016, p.
351) which in this scenario, the patient is being neglected from his right of being treated equally
as he is being provided substandard care because he is homeless and uninsured. As the nurse
observing this type of care, my initial action would be to speak with the charge nurse regarding
my observations and concerns so that the situation can be further investigated, and proper action
can be taken in a timely manner so that the patient can receive the quality of care he deserves as
a human being.

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