Roles, Ethical Considerations, and Effectiveness of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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Roles, Ethical Considerations, and Effectiveness of the Acute Care Nurse  Practitioner A. Ethics  1. Ethical Principles a) Define and discuss each of the following, giving examples for each:  Nonmaleficence is an ethical principle that requires health care providers to do no harm, promote good, and remove any harm while providing health services to patients.


When faced by a problem such as a HIV positive patient wanting the status to remain confidential, the caregiver should consider the effects of such a decision. The caregiver must be sure that withholding such information will not affect other people in the community such as family (Hendrick, 2011). b) Utilitarianism is an ethical principle that emphasizes on assessing the rightfulness or wrongness of an action by considering the outcome. According to this code, the utility of any action depends on its ability to generate more good or positive outcomes than the negative consequences (Hendrick, 2011). A good example where utilitarianism applies is on the issue of abortion. In some cases complication occur during labour such that the mother’s life is in danger and only the mother or the baby has a chance of surviving. The caregiver should consider the possibility of saving either the mother or the child. If carrying out an abortion can save the mother’s life, then the action is justified since the positive consequences are more. Though abortion entails killing, failure to abort the foetus in a case like this will result in death of both mother and baby. Another example that utilitarianism is applied on cases whereby lying can help prevents mishaps. ...
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