Ethical decision

Ethical decision


It is abundantly clear that healthcare providers have theresponsibility of taking care of the people left in their hands.There are numerous ways through which the healthcare providers meetthis obligation of taking care of the patients who are left in theirhands. Healthcare providers have the duty of ensuring that theirpatients are treated with passion and dignity. One of the waysthrough which healthcare givers meet the obligation of caring forpatients they are entrusted with is through ensuring that theinformation regarding the heath of the patients is kept private andconfidential (Kronenfeld, 2011). Health care givers do not share thepatient’s information with third parties and they always consultthe patient and or the relative when sharing such information. It isuseful to note that this is one of the ethical standards forhealthcare givers.

Secondly, healthcare givers meet the obligation of providing care totheir patients by treating them without discrimination against race,age, gender or sexuality. It is evident that health care givers carefor patients from all parts of the world, all gender, sexuality andeven age. It would be unethical for the health care givers to fail toprovide care on the basis of any of the above mentionedcharacteristics (Kronenfeld, 2011). Health care givers must providecare to all people with dignity without discrimination of any kind.If the care givers have to accomplish their obligation of providingcare to the people they are entrusted with, they must treat and takecare of them equally without discrimination. For instance, it wouldbe improper for a care giver to discriminate again the same sexpeople due to their sexuality (Kronenfeld, 2011). Additionally, itwould be immoral for a white caregiver to fail to provide care forblack patient due to his or her race. All the patients must betreated equally and with respect and dignity. By doing so, thehealthcare givers will be fulfilling their obligation of caring forthe patients they are entrusted with.

Healthcare providers fulfill the obligation of taking care of thepeople they are entrusted with through keeping constant communicationwith the relatives and the patients. It is evident that thecaregivers have the obligation of ensuring that the patients they areentrusted with are informed of their recovery progress (Van, 2013).It is also the obligation of the caregivers to keep in touch with therelatives of the patient and inform them on the progress of thepatient. Caregivers always ensure that they communicate with thepatient and the relatives. This includes communicating whenever thereis a development or an emergency. By doing this, the health caregivers are fulfilling their obligation of caring for the people theyare entrusted with to care for them (Van, 2013). Communication andconsultation between the health care givers is also another waythrough which the care givers meet the obligation of providing carefor the patients they are entrusted with.

It is also useful to state that caregivers are tasked with theresponsibility of making decisions on behalf of the patients andtheir relatives regarding the health and welfare of the patient. Thisis mainly done through diagnosing the patient’s illness,identifying the problem and making decisions regarding the effectiveand proper care for the patient. The healthcare givers make thedecisions regarding the health of the patient using their expertknowledge regarding health issues (Kronenfeld, 2011). For the healthcare givers to meet the obligation of providing essential care, theymust go an extra mile to diagnose and identify the problem or theailment that the patient is suffering from. The health care giverswill then decide the drugs and the prescription that the patient willtake. The decisions made by the health care givers are in the bestinterest of the patients. In other words, the decisions made areaimed at ensuring that the patient recovers from the ailment as soonas possible.

Healthcare givers ensure that they meet their obligation of caringfor the patients by providing the best care they can. They treatpatients with respect and dignity which ensures that they are meetingtheir obligations. Additionally, the health care givers communicateand make decisions regarding the patients in a manner that promotesthe health of the patients. It is however essential to note that theobligation that the healthcare givers have for others might affectthe obligation to themselves (Nathanson, 2012). Healthcare givers mayat times focus so much on their patients that they end up forgettingabout their own welfare. For instance, some care givers stay with thepatients for long hours and forget or fail even to sleep whichaffects their welfare. Additionally, there are some caregivers whohave little time with their families because they care so much aboutthe patients (Nathanson, 2012). They spend most of their time withthe patient or the relatives and this may affect their own welfarewith their families. The time the care givers spend with the patientsmay interfere with their personal time and this affects theirwelfare. More often than not, there are conflicts regarding race andsexuality, as well as religion. Caregivers have the obligation oftaking care of everybody without discrimination but they also haveobligations to their faith and beliefs. For instance, caregivers whoare against abortion may find it difficult to conduct an abortion toa patient.

Response to teammate answers

Teammate one

This teammate has clearly cited the reasons as to why thenurse’s obligation to care for the patient may conflict with thenurse’s obligation to herself. This is especially when the clientor the patient seems to disagree with the procedures being proposedby the nurse. The nurse, according to this teammate goes to an extraextent to care for the patient. However, the teammate asserts thatthe patients are at times ungrateful to the nurses. The teammateasserts that the patients consider them as waitresses which isunfair. The patients consider the nurses as people who have nopersonal obligations besides taking care of them. The teammate hasalso asserted that the nurses’ obligation to the client interfereswith the personal obligations of the nurse. This implies that thepatient may at times disagree with what the nurse intends to do.

Teammate two

The teammate focuses mainly on the aspect of nurses ensuring thatthey meet the obligations to themselves. This may include maintaininga healthy lifestyle in order to reduce fatigue at work. The teammatehas clearly indicated that the nurses who are fatigues cannot workwell and may not deliver effective services to the patients. In otherwords, the nurses must take care of themselves as much as they aretaking care of other people or the patients. The teammate has pointedout that the nurses forget even to empty their bladder or even takelunch or to work out while caring for the patients. This leaves thenurses fatigued and unable to conduct their duties effectively.

Teammate three

This teammate has started the answer by asserting that the nurses’role is to ensure that the welfare of the patient is maintained. Thenurses must go an extra mile to ensure that the patients get the bestservices and are treated and cared for with respect and dignity. Withregard to the issue of conflicting obligations, the teammate assertsthat the role of nurses to themselves conflicts with that of thepatients when one experiences abusive patients. It is evident fromhis answer that numerous nurses are verbally and physically abused bypatients. This clearly interferes with the work of the nurses andthey cannot conduct their duties effectively.

Teammate four

This teammate has pointed out to the various ways through which thenurses can ensure that they are providing care for the patientseffectively. This is mainly done through providing care to thepatients in a fair and equal manner. In other words, the teammateimplies that the care provided to all patients should be equal andfair. Patients should not be treated on the basis of their backgroundsuch as economic or social. Additionally, the teammate has statedthat the nurses need to use the available resources effectively andefficiently in order to provide the best care for patients. Theteammate has cited resources such as money and the buildings in thehospital which must be used effectively and optimally to providecare.


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