Major Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing

Nurses face ethical dilemmas on a daily basis regardless of where they practice. No matter where nurses function in their varied roles, they are faced with ethical decisions that can impact them and their patients. There is no “right” solution to an ethical dilemma.

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Hot Nursing Career Paths

Although I am about to list the top six nursing careers I have found through my research, I must first express that your career is more than just choosing the best paying or most interesting-sounding path.

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Why Almost All Physicians Work While They Are Sick

Patients may not be the only sick people in the room when they go to see the doctor. According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, more than 80 percent of physicians and other health care providers have worked while sick within the past year and said that they would continue to go to work even with contagious symptoms such as fever or diarrhea.

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Breaches of Doctor-Patient Confidentiality

There are certain relationships that, by their very nature, require one or both party’s consent before information can be disclosed to a third-party. Perhaps the most common of these relationships include that of: doctor to patient, therapist to patient, and attorney to client. Because these types of relationships often involve very personal and sensitive information (such as medical conditions or personal finances), confidentiality serves to facilitate open and forthright communication between both parties — thereby serving the best interests of all involved.

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Nurses and Substance Abuse

Nursing is a highly esteemed profession but still has its negative aspects. Because of the demanding and stressful nature of the job, many nurses have fallen in the trap of substance abuse. On shows like ‘Nurse Jackie’, this unfortunate truth is made known to the public but the problem is more prevalent than most people realize.

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How to Deal With a Racist Patient

Patients come in all shapes and flavors. Sometimes that flavor is ignorant. America is a layered, cosmopolitan country comprised of people of various faiths and ethnicities. Most Americans would agree this is a positive and enlightening thing, but there are a few bad apples out there. Sometimes a closed-minded or culturally illiterate patient is going to wind up in one of your hospital beds.

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