Ethics defined as a set of values, virtues and principles that enables a person to live morally a good life. Conduct explains a person’s actions, moral practices and standards of behaviour. The code advises public about what they expect from the nurses from the professional point of view. To build a relationship of trust, mostly nurses have internalized their fundamental principles and core values. There are four core values that make up a code, those values are integrity, respect, trust and partnership. Nurses cannot fulfil them effectively and efficiently without the trust of the public. A code of ethics for nurses was developed with the sole purpose of guidance for carrying out the nursing responsibilities with quality care and ethics related to their respective profession.
Professional ethics is one of the familiar concepts when it comes to nursing. Although little is known about the professional ethics that has been studied and defined in nursing science. Studies have shown that professional ethics are changing due to certain internal and external factors affecting the profession (Kangasniemi et al., 2015). A study revealed that about 40% of the clinicians or nurses remain silent while they performing operations of giving treatment although nurses do not indulge in having large conversations with the patients if a patient is a child, nurses make sure to have large conversations to make a child feel comfortable (Lachman, 2014).
The scenario that has been assigned to us is related to 93 years old lady, named Mrs Xerri. She was feeling pain in her abdomen which caused her to visit a medical centre to find out what’s wrong with her. Ultimately her children did not want to let her think more about her problem and urged the surgeon to let her know that everything is alright. If we look into the scenario it clearly violates the code of conduct as far as a surgeon is concerned. He knew that the lady is experiencing enormous pain inside her abdomen that needs to be cured, he should have said to the children that they should let her be admitted in the facility so that she could get cured. As a professional in medicine, it is against their code of conduct, knowing that someone needs to be treated and you let him or her walk away because of their cultural ethics. What if professional got the news that she died after paying him a visiting couple of days ago, definitely it will have some impact on the morality of professional.
Ethically, the professional behaved well with the patient and her family. The way he coped up with the situation was quite good. He respected the cultural ethics of the patient’s family.it’s not about just treating the cure and that’s it. It’s about how you behave with your patients how you take care of them, how nurses do their jobs, how do they behave with them especially children, they need higher attention from the nurses. Severa; studies have been conducted to spot and acknowledge additional worth created by the adoption of nursing standards, results have shown that these adoptions have been proved beneficial as far as nursing practices are concerned (Rocha & Rocha, 2014).
One of the principles for nurses that highly relates to the scenario available to us has a standard that works in partnership with the health consumers to protect and promote the well being of their well being. This principle enables that nurses should let the patient know what they are about to get and what they need so that they could raise all the possible questions that come into their mind. This standard in the nursing principles was not obeyed in this scenario.
Another standard of nurses explains about using the appropriate care while assessing the needs of the healthcare consumer along with implementation, planning and evaluation of those needs. it is nurses foremost responsibility to let the patient know everything about its health, this creates a bond of trust between the nurse and the health consumer. Nurses should keep up her professional knowledge up to date. It is very important for the nurses to establish a relationship of trust with healthcare consumers by being honest and delivering competent and safe care. Culture includes, but it’s not restricted to the age, race, gender or occupation. The nurse turning in the nursing care could have undertaken a process of mirror imaged on their very own cultural identity and will comprehend their personal subculture has on their expert practices. Harmful cultural practices accommodate any action which diminishes or disempower the cultural identity of a human being.
For performing nursing responsibilities a code of conduct and ethics has been developed. These codes enable s nurses about how to perform their responsibilities. Many codes provide guidance to the nurses in the complex matters related to care of patients along with education, research and management. It is true that a person’s ethic and the way he or she behaves depicts who he is. Development of the code of conduct is an ongoing process as technology is advancing day by day so is the roles and responsibilities in various professions, particularly in nursing.
Kangasniemi, M., Pakkanen, P., & Korhonen, A. (2015). Professional ethics in nursing: an integrative review. Journal of advanced nursing, 71(8), 1744-1757.
Lachman, V. D. (2014). Ethical issues in the disruptive behaviors of incivility, bullying, and horizontal/lateral violence. Medsurg nursing, 23(1), 56.
Rocha, A., & Rocha, B. (2014). Adopting nursing health record standards. Informatics for Health and Social Care, 39(1), 1-14.