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PHL 302
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Glen Hoffmann

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October 23, 2009
NURSING ETHICS – LECTURE 6
I – Concepts in Nursing
We have begun to examine some ethical concepts relevant to the
provision of healthcare.
We can use the ethical theories we have studied to facilitate our
understanding and discussion of some of the ethical concepts and
issues that arise in the provision of healthcare.
Last week, we discussed the concept or principle of confidentiality.
Confidentiality: nurses should maintain in confidence medical or non-
medical information about a patient, wherever possible.
This week we will look at another important concept in healthcare
ethics: veracity.
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II – Veracity
An important concept in healthcare ethics is veracity.
Veracity generally refers to truthfulness or honesty.
Veracity is an important ethical concept.
Most of us were taught to be truthful and honest as children.
Additionally, veracity is favoured by many important ethical
philosophers, e.g., Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill.
More particularly, veracity is an important ethical principle governing
the provision of healthcare.
It is especially important for nurses.
Veracity: nurses should in general be truthful and honest in their
dealings with their patients.
For example, nurses should ordinarily be truthful when giving
diagnoses, prognoses, or any information about a patients health.
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Why is veracity such an important principle?
There seem to be some relatively straightforward (utilitarian and
deontological) reasons for this.
(1) Truthfulness engenders respect and trust.
-Honesty is both respected within and outside of medical circles.
-We generally trust and respect someone more if she is honest rather
than dishonest.
(2) Truthfulness engenders open communication.
-If nurses are honest with their patients, their patients are more likely
to be honest with them.
-Lying and deception can create barriers.
(3) Truthfulness promotes shared responsibility.
-In a nurse-patient relationship, it is important that the nurse and
patient recognize that theyare in this together’.
-Only honest and open communication can promote this.
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1 October 23, 2009 NURSING ETHICS LECTURE 6 I Concepts in Nursing We have begun to examine some ethical concepts relevant to the provision of healthcare. We can use the ethical theories we have studied to facilitate our understanding and discussion of some of the ethical concepts and issues that arise in the provision of healthcare. Last week, we discussed the concept or principle of confidentiality. Confidentiality: nurses should maintain in confidence medical or non- medical information about a patient, wherever possible. This week we will look at another important concept in healthcare ethics: veracity. www.notesolution.com
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