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BioEthics are ethical (right/wrong) questions arising in health care. (CH 6, page 81)


The duty to act to benefit others


The duty to communicate truthfully.
Describing the purpose & side effects of psychotropic medications in a truthful & nonmisleading way.


The duty to distribute resources or care equally, regardless of personal attributes.
When an ICU nurse devotes equal attention both to a PT who has attempted suicide and to another PT who suffered a brain aneurysm


Respecting the right of others to make their own decisions
Acknowledging the PT's right to refuse medication.

(aka: Fidelity)

Maintaining loyalty & commitment to the PT and doing no wrong to the PT.
Maintaining expertise in nursing skill through nursing education.

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