NURSING 2MM3 Chapter Notes - Fall 2018 Chapter 2 - Themselves, Themselves, Themselves

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Published on 16 Sep 2018
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McMaster University
Department
Nursing
Course
NURSING 2MM3
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MAINTAINING COMMITMENTS
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Ethical Issues
- The consideration of ethical issues is an essential component of providing nursing care
- Understanding and communicating the clientsʼ beliefs and values, as well as their own,
helps nurses recognize ethical conflicts
Maintaining Commitments
- Maintaining commitments: keeping promises, being honest and meeting obligations
- Nurses have an obligation to maintain commitments to:
o Clients
o Themselves
o Nursing colleagues
o The nursing profession
o Other members of health care team
o Quality practice settings
- Maintaining commitments to clients by:
o Providing empathetic and knowledgeable care, and refrain from abandoning,
abusing or neglecting clients
o Acting according to clientsʼ wishes and standards of practice
o Respect the clientʼs family members and/or significant others
- The nurse demonstrates regard for maintaining commitments to clients by:
o Putting needs and wishes of client first
o Identifying when clientsʼ needs and wishes conflict with those of family members
o Encouraging further discussion about the clientsʼ needs
o Identifying resources and supports to enable clients
o Identifying when their own values and beliefs conflict with the clientsʼ
- Nurses maintain commitments to themselves by:
o Being true to themselves and recognizing and functioning within their value system
o Considering their own values and those of the health care team, employers and
client
o Arranging for another caregiver and withdraw from the situation when values
conflict
o If values conflict, the nurse needs to arrange for another caregiver to ensure the
immediate needs of the client are met
o If no other caregiver can be arranged the nurse must provide the immediate care
required
- Nurses show consideration and respect for each other by:
o Working collaboratively and promoting an environment of collegiality
o Demonstrating respectful behavior
o Knowing each otherʼs roles and unique contributions
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The consideration of ethical issues is an essential component of providing nursing care. Understanding and communicating the clients beliefs and values, as well as their own, helps nurses recognize ethical conflicts. Maintaining commitments: keeping promises, being honest and meeting obligations. Nurses have an obligation to maintain commitments to: clients, themselves, nursing colleagues, the nursing profession, other members of health care team, quality practice settings. Maintaining commitments to clients by: providing empathetic and knowledgeable care, and refrain from abandoning, abusing or neglecting clients, acting according to clients wishes and standards of practice, respect the client s family members and/or significant others. The nurse demonstrates regard for maintaining commitments to clients by: putting needs and wishes of client first. Identifying when clients needs and wishes conflict with those of family members: encouraging further discussion about the clients needs. Identifying when their own values and beliefs conflict with the clients .