Sample Nursing Paper on My Nursing Ethic

As a nurse one of the most challenging scenarios is knowing that the patient comes to you for help and in some cases, all I can do is just offer comfort. I am human and some of these cases do wear me out since my desire is to offer much more than is in my capacity to do. I do appreciate that healing is in the hands of a greater being who created life and sustains it. It does not help that patients depend on me to offer solutions to their ailments and discomforts in the same way that I seek divine intervention to help them get better. These are some of the challenges I face as I perform my nursing duties; some I overcome while others call for a deeper understanding of my role and keeping the main thing, the main thing. In the context of my nursing obligations, the values I uphold are informed by my spiritual belief in a deity. Morally, my duties have to be performed in all decency and ethically, I have to fulfil all that I do in integrity and without compromise.

My Passion

One of the values I uphold is that all human life is precious, and this is the driving force for my nursing. This compassion for human life is also born out of a deep religious belief that a higher deity created life and sustains it and my belief in such a deity leads me to treat all persons with dignity in allegiance to my beliefs. I am also aware that I may not alleviate their sickness entirely (Bishop and Scudder, 2001) but I still have an obligation to keep them comfortable. The moral and ethical obligations in the Hippocratic Oath is another strong driving force, especially since, it states that I may not give any harmful drug to any person under my care. This ties in with my spiritual belief that in all I do, I must ensure the safety for the patient as paramount.


My Motivation

Additionally, I am driven to disseminate preventative measures that help to avert a similar problem or any other medical illness in the future. My passion for healthy living comes into play when referring to the Oath that states that as a medical practitioner, I am not to give any harmful drugs, and this includes harmful foods and other substances.

It is also very clear that there are different ways of life even within the same locality. This way of life or culture affects how individuals behave, and it can be a dilemma when one does not understand the implications fully. This understanding leads me to be sensitive to other people’s behavior, and as much as possible perform my duties without causing them to feel violated. If I have to do something in the course of treatment that might not be in line to a patient’s way of life, then I have to explain myself very clearly and outline the benefits of the procedure. This may not always assuage the fear and opposition, but it is the best that can be done under the circumstances to ensure that life is preserved. The same dilemma presents itself when working with a doctor who holds a different belief system from my own. A middle ground has to be found, and if this is not possible, it is worth trying.

My Values

As a trained professional, I am motivated to act in my capacity by the need to apply my knowledge to offer solutions. Failure to do so is in violation of law and can land me in trouble with the law because by withholding my expertise I essentially put lives in danger. Morality is another motivation to act and do the right thing in taking care of them who need my care medically as a nurse (Lachman, 2005). Doing the right thing at the right time in the right way moves me to act and make use of my skill and knowledge to save, prolong and preserve lives. This is not always the case, since people have different beliefs, and they uphold their philosophy on how they should be handled, and this may not always be what I am ethically trained to do. In such a case, I am obligated to the best of my ability to assist that patient while letting them know that I respect their point of view, but there is what must be done to help them.

The compassion that drives me in nursing also makes me aware that even though there are those who are terminally ill or those whose cases are beyond medical help, my acts of kindness are still very necessary. In fact, such cases need much more care and compassion than others being that it may be the last act of kindness such a patient may receive (Hendrick, 2000).

I also desire to see the advancement of my colleagues and I will to the best of my ability share information with them that will make them better able to handle cases that present to them daily in the line of duty. This is in line with the Hippocratic Oath and also a moral obligation that ensures a better medical profession in general (International Council of Nurses, 2012)

The Ethical Dilemma

There are times when my personal values are challenged by the very profession that I am trained to practice. Even in such a case I am usually aware of the fact that preservation of life comes before anything else, my worldview and philosophy included. What I believe in can be an impediment to offering the best possible care, and I must act quickly in the best interests of the patient to ensure that life is preserved. There are also demands that can be placed by either the patient or the circumstances of providing care, which may contradict my values, again, the preservation of life is key even in such circumstances (Hendrick, 2000).

As I seek to give my best, my loyalty lies with the patient too in addition to the deity and the fathers in the medical profession as outlined in the Hippocratic Oath. In the course of practice, there may be instances when this loyalty lies in favor of one and not the other and ethical decision making is then informed by the need to preserve the life of the patient. (Lachman, 2005). In some cases, my value system is in confrontation with that of the patient or the doctor. In such a case, I have to weigh carefully the benefits to the patient against my personal satisfaction and act accordingly. After careful consideration, I am usually able to find a middle ground where the necessary information or care is given without any opposition.




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The ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses. (2012). Geneva. International Council of Nurses.