Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing Management

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In every organization, there are specific laws that govern the daily operation. There also codes of ethics that control how the services are issued to clients. In the health sector, some of these ethics and laws are meant to protect the patients whereas some are meant cover the health practitioners. The paper aims to highlight some of the relevant sources covering health ethics and laws.

Callahan, D., & Jennings, B. (2002). Ethics and Public Health: Forging a Strong Relationship. American Journal of Public Health,92(2), 169-176. doi:10.2105/ajph.92.2.169

This article is peer-reviewed by different authors with various qualifications in different sectors. But Callahan and Jennings both from the Hastings center led the writing of the article. The intention of the authors is to create awareness to healthcare practitioners on bioethics and portray the need to understand the ethical problems of public health programs and regulations. In addition, the article covers a wide scope of public health ethics.

The relevance of this article is beyond a reasonable doubt because it encompasses ethics in public health as well as ethics of public health. It goes further to describe different categories of ethics with clear explanations of how each one of them affects public health alongside their importance, and necessity. According to Callahan and Jennings, the different types of ethics depend on the point of view and might be specific to a given ethical problem. The article also touches on the significance of having a code of ethics in public health.

Aitamaa, E., Leino-Kilpi, H., Puukka, P., & Suhonen, R. (2010). Ethical problems in nursing management: The role of codes of ethics. Nursing Ethics,17(4), 469-482. doi:10.1177/0969733010364896

The authors of this article have both theoretical and practical experience in nursing. They are engaged in various healthcare sectors and universities in Finland. Aitamaa, Leino, and Suhonen come from the University of Turku; Aitamaa practices in Satakunta Hospital District while Leino practices at Hospital District of Southwest Finland. Having encountered some of the ethical dilemmas, they decided to highlight them and suggest possible solutions the issues.

The article depicts some of the ethical problems the nurses and the nurse managers’ face as they perform their duties, and is based on a study carried out in a number of hospitals. It further features the role of codes of ethics in providing a sustainable solution to some of the ethical challenges. The article also develops new guidelines in ethics that are essential for nursing management personnel. In addition, it identifies some of the professional codes of ethics that frequently used to resolve problems related to patients care.

Buka, P. (2014). Patients' Rights, Law and Ethics for Nurses (2nd ed.). CRC Press.

Paul Buka is a senior lecturer in adult nursing at the University of West London, in the UK. He read philosophy before he embarked on his training as a nurse. Buka developed an interest in legal studies while he was working as a senior nurse in clinical practice; he progressed to study law and specialized in healthcare law and ethics. He has taught law in higher education and has been teaching health care law and ethics in nursing for several years.

In his book, Patient’s Rights, Law and Ethics for Nurses, he extensively covers all the types of laws from childhood laws to patient and nurses rights. With clear examples of court cases, the author illustrates different kinds of violation of the healthcare laws and ethics. He goes further to analyze the examples to portray ways in which the laws were violated and who was in the wrong. Furthermore, he highlights some of the ethics for nurses that are directed towards offering quality service to patients and protecting their rights at the same time.

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