All patients have rights. The patient’s family or guardian may exercise the patient’s rights when the patient has been determining to be incompetent to exorcise those rights. In this paper I will elaborate on patients’ rights and the ANA code of ethics in relation to advocacy for hospice patients. Provision 7 of the ANA code of ethics mandates for nurses to participate in advancement of the profession to continue to educate themselves and to contribute to practice, administration, and knowledge development. Nurses must also help the profession to advance in active involvement in nursing and in health care policy. Nurses can also help the profession advancement by developing, maintaining, and implementing professional standards in clinical administrative and educational practice Provision 8 mandate nurses to collaborate with other health care professionals, and the public to promote national, community, and international efforts to meet health needs. Nurses in general have a responsibility as to be knowledgeable about the health status of the community and the existing treats to health and safety by participating in community organizations and groups, nurses are to assist in educating the public, to teach them about their choices to identify conditions and circumstances to help in the prevention of illness. Provision 9 of the ANA code of ethics mandates the professional nurse to be responsible for articulating nursing values, for maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice and for shaping social policies. Nurses are to join in professional association to gain value and for the organizations to encourage and support self-reflection and evaluation within the profession.
Ethical Dilemmas in Caring for a Hospice Patient
One of the ethical dilemmas that arises in hospice care is the patients’ rights is often forgotten. Many times nurses are afraid to lose their jobs, and advocating for patients becomes the last thing...
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