- Choose a patient-care situation in which the RN should intervene and advocate for the patient. An example of such a situation might be when a patient has not been given complete informed consent.
Include the following in your paper:
- Describe the clinical situation concisely and descriptively. It can be an actual situation or a hypothetical one.
- Apply the Bioethical Decision Making Model to the specific clinical ethical situation that you choose. Address each section of the model in your paper.
- Conclude with a discussion of nursing advocacy in the clinical setting and the nurse’s role as a patient advocate.
Your paper should be 4-5 pages:
- You must reference and cite 1-2 scholarly sources other than your text. Include a title page and a reference page to cite your text and adhere to APA formatting.
Bioethical Decision Making Model
- Define the dilemma: Use your own words to describe the problem. State it in a way that others can quickly understand your dilemma. Review
- Identify the medical facts: Describe the facts that are relevant to the dilemma.
- Remember that the diagnosis and prognosis are medical facts.
- Identify the non-medical facts (patient and family, external influences): a. Patient and family facts such as culture, religion, social, economic, the existence of an Advance Healthcare Directive, verbal preferences made by the patient, how the patient lived his/her life. b. Those that you discuss should be relevant to the situation.
- External influences include: organizational policies, federal and state laws, practice acts, code of ethics. These should be relevant to the situation.
- For both step 2 or 3, separate the facts from the assumptions: Sometimes all healthcare professionals allow assumptions to guide their decision-making. These must be identified so that these assumptions do not interfere with the process.
- Identify items that need clarification. Your paper should identify facts that you need to clarify. When initially discussing an ethical situation, it is not unusual to not have all of the answers.
- Identify the decision makers: Is the patient an adult competent to make their own choices? Is the patient a child who is old enough to have a say in the decision. If the patient cannot make their own decision who is the decision maker? How was this person selected?
- Review the underlying ethical principles: Review which ones and why they apply t0 this particular case: beneficence, nonmaleficence, veracity, fidelity, autonomy and justice.
- Define alternatives: One-Way to proceed may be apparent at this point. However, sometimes there are different choices. They should be addressed identifying the benefits and burdens for doing one thing versus the other.
- Follow-up: Define the process to be used with the chosen alternative.
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