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. EXAMPLE 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. 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
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.