Ethical Issues in Critical Care Nursing

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Essay #: 052959
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Ethical Issues in Critical Care Nursing
Introduction
Critical care nursing has always been closely intertwined with ethical issues. However, in modern times, some of the ethical implications have become more urgent as well as more complex. For example, Morton, Hudak, Fontaine, and Gallo (2004) point out that the appearance of new medical procedures has outpaced our ability to process changing ethical circumstances (p. 86). This essay will consider some of the special ethical challenges faced by critical care nurses, and outline possible solutions.
Overview of Ethical Issues
Medical ethics is a vast and multidimensional field, but it impacts critical care nurses in more circumspect ways. The first, and most obvious, ethical issue arises...
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.....f rules (‘knowing that’) but also a kind of practical wisdom (‘knowing how’). Gordon (2006) and other nursing theorists make several references to the way in which knowing that has come to outweigh knowing how in the nursing context, and emphasize that the nursing profession—whose values remain feminine—should trust its own grassroots ethics, which have been centuries in the making.
References
Gordon, S. (2006). Nursing against the odds. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press
Morton, P.G., Hudak, C.M., Fontaine, D., & Gallo, B.M. (2004).
Critical care nursing. New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Thomas, S. and Pollio, H. (2001). Listening to patients: a
phenomenological approach to nursing research and practice. New York: Springer