Ethics can sometimes provide moral dilemmas that nurses face when caring for a patient especially if the patient has been diagnosed with an incurable disease whereby the family and their employer do not want it to be disclosed to the patient. In such circumstances the conflict it between ethics and moral dilemma that is enshrined in the NMC (2008) Code of Ethics their role as nurses and moral duty to the patient who wants to know the truth and the patient's health and wellbeing (Benjamin & Curtis, 1992; Edwards, 1996). Thompson et al (2006) stated that ethics and moral cannot work in a vacuum further added that in order to justify moral judgement nurses need prior knowledge of ethical theory. Beauchamp and Childress (2009) added that one needs understanding of moral theory to be able to justify ethical decisions. This demonstrates the extra burden imposed on nurses thereby finding themselves constrained by the difficult responsibilities placed on them to fulfil the NMC (2008) Code of Ethics furthermore those of their employers.
NSG 250 – BASIC CONCEPTS OF HEALTH ALTERATIONS
This course builds upon the student’s knowledge gained in Nursing 230 and 240, challenging the student to apply what they have learned in the delivery of safe client care. Students will begin to develop care management skills, communicate effectively with clients, promote health, and provide caring interventions. Didactic topics will focus on the care needs of clients with alterations in acid-base balance, metabolism, oxygenation, infection, perfusion, comfort, elimination, fluid and electrolyte balance, mobility, cognition, and sensory perception. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating concepts of the individual, healthcare and nursing domains identified within this course. This course consists of a total of 160 hours, 40 hours of theory and 120 hours of clinical practice in long term and sub-acute nursing facilities with the elder client experiencing chronic illness.