Ethical nursing practice means being willing to show moral courage – despite the risks
Develop the confidence to have a say in complex decision-making
Healthcare professionals are being asked to address increasingly complex ethical dilemmas as a result of advances in medicine and surgery, and the availability of new drugs in clinical practice. Patients and their families are also increasingly aware of their legal right to be fully informed, and to choose which care and treatments they will and will not receive.
People are now able to survive diseases and trauma that would once have been fatal and to live longer with serious conditions. However, healthcare professionals know some survivors experience a poor quality of life as a result of interventions. This creates a tension if a family demands access to all...
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