Relevance of Autonomy and Consequentialism to Nursing Introduction Consequentialism, along with the four ethical principles, is commonly used by health care providers to resolve ethical dilemmas ( Guven , 2010). Autonomy is the pivotal principle since nurses in all situations are aiming for beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice. Consequentialism is not perfect because there inevitably are unknown factors at work which could affect outcomes. However, consequentialism and autonomy are especially relevant when nurses must deal with complex cases of disclosure. Case of disclosure One of the most difficult forms of disclosure is to inform a patient that they have cancer. When a patient learns that they have cancer about which they had no...The end:
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