Foundations in Evidence Based Practice. Introduction to Ethics. Introduction to ethics. Our care for patients should be based on sound judgement (or evidence based practice!!) ..some of this judgement is about having a strong sense of what is right or wrong
(or evidence based practice!!)
e.g. Can Mrs X be discharged yet? Can Mr Y manage his own medications safely?
This can be seen as a ‘code of ethics’ – a set of important principles to help guide nurses
Domain 1 Professional and Ethical Practice
1.3 Demonstrate an awareness of, and apply ethical principles to, nursing practice.
e.g. definition of life, what is a person, quality of life, prolonging life, ending life, human rights.
Distributive Justice – sharing the scarce resources in society in a fair and just manner (e.g. health services, professional time)
Patients should get…..
For example – do not tell lies, do not kill.
But Christian ethics are not important for some people in the world so moral duties vary between cultures and societies
Beauchamp T and Childress J (2001) Principles of Biomedical Ethics 5th Edition Oxford University Press
Hunt G (1994) Ethical Issues in Nursing Routledge. London
Seedhouse D (1998) Ethics the heart of Health Care Wiley. Winchester.
Watt H (2000) Life and Death in Health Care Ethics Routledge. London