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5 Principles of BioEthics

BioEthics are ethical (right/wrong) questions arising in health care. (CH 6, page 81)
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Beneficence
The duty to act to benefit others
Veracity
The duty to communicate truthfully.
EXAMPLE
Describing the purpose & side effects of psychotropic medications in a truthful & nonmisleading way.
Justice
The duty to distribute resources or care equally, regardless of personal attributes.
EXAMPLE
When an ICU nurse devotes equal attention both to a PT who has attempted suicide and to another PT who suffered a brain aneurysm
Autonomy
Respecting the right of others to make their own decisions
EXAMPLE
Acknowledging the PT's right to refuse medication.
Nonmaleficence
(aka: Fidelity)
Maintaining loyalty & commitment to the PT and doing no wrong to the PT.
EXAMPLE
Maintaining expertise in nursing skill through nursing education.