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Focusing on a patient’s human rights will help you resolve ethical dilemmas in practice

A human rights approach makes nursing care more person-centred
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A human rights approach makes nursing care more person-centred

  • Nurses routinely face complex ethical questions while striving to meet the needs of patients and loved ones
  • The individual's human rights must inform shared decision-making
  • A free training programme supports nurses to take a human rights-based approach to their practice

Picture the scene. You’re working on a general medical ward in a busy hospital. A patient, Sonia, wants to refuse hydration and nutrition through her gastronomy tube. She has decision-making capacity and understands her life may be shortened as a result.

As her nurse, what do you do?

Should you persuade her family to convince her to continue her gastronomy feeding at all costs? Should you refuse to accept her choice, and continue to feed her against her will? Or should you accept that while you

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