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Nursing theory- Definition-
- Composed of a group of concepts that describe a pattern of reality, explains a process and is based on facts.
Nursing theory- Purpose-
- Provides a focus for nsg care activities, guides nurses by providing a knowledge base , organizes concepts, provides guidelines for practice, identifies nsg care goals that are holistic, promotes health and prevents illness.
-Interpersonal relationships model- proper development of a pt.'s personality is important to improve their personal and community living.
-cultural care diversity and universality theory- believed caring is the central theme and foundation for transcultural nsg, improving human conditions and the life process.
- self-care theory- self care is essential for sustaining health or for recovering from illness or injury.
- science of unitary human beings- nsg should focus on mobilizing inner resources, the patient is central to the discipline of nsg.
- goals attainment theory- the nurse and pt. mutually set goals and agree on ways to reach goals.
- process which one comes to understand their own values; a belief about the worth of something that guides one's behavior.
Professional values and characteristics-
- behavior that shows concern for the well being of others ( accountability, altruism, autonomy, human dignity, loyalty)
Codes of Ethics-
- set in place to protect a pt. from incompetent, unethical and illegal practices. (ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses, The ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses 2006)
-informed consents, advance directives, autonomy/right to self determination, HIPAA,
-identify professional practice limitations, serve as pt. advocate, maintain professional competenece, inform, supervise and evaluate subordinates.
- Jeremy Bentham 1748-1832- An act is right if the outcome is good or does the greatest good for the people involved. example: a deformed baby is allowed to die to not be a burden on society
-Immanuel Kant 1724-1804- actions should be based on moral duty to fellow man ( universal, unconditional, imperitive) example: an abused/raped girl does not get an abortion
-Davis and Aroskar- a decision is right because the doer desires it and is comfortable with it.
Theory of obligation-
- Frankena- justice as fairness with the greatest benefit given to the least advantaged. "Veil of Ignorance"
Ideal observer theory-
- Firth- disinterested, dispassionate and consistent viewpoint of all information considered of the future consequence.
- an obligation to be faithful to the agreement/ committment made ( concept of accountability)
- respecting pt.'s personal information and not sharing it with others (diagnosis, medications, treatments...)
Process of ethical decision making-
-Identify and Clarify problems, Gather data, Identify options, Make decisions, Evaluate outcomes.
Beginning of Life Ethical Issues-
-abortion( should be legal/illegal?) surrogacy(what if gestational mother is unwilling to give up child?), in vitro fertilization(what should be done with left over fertilized eggs?)
Sustaining Quality of Life Ethical Issues-
- organ donation/transplantation(who deserves it?) genetic screening(abort a genetically impaired fetus?) eugenics(unwillingly sterilize the "socially inadequate" to accomplish "human perfectibility"?) stem cell research( use the leftover fetus or cells from abortions)
End of Life ethical issues-
-euthanasia(illegal in every state) asisted suicide, DNR, withdrawal of nutrition and hydration, right to die(legally recognizes client's right to refuse treatment)
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