Personal Ethics Statement Essay
Personal Ethics Statement
“Ethics is the branch of philosophy concerned with evaluating human action” (Guido, 2010, p.3). My personal core of ethics includes compassion, respect and caring. I believe a nurse must have compassion so that the nurse and patient can establish a rapport relationship. When the nurse shows her kindness and love, patients can feel it and they will work with the nurses. I also remind myself I should respect my patient, their family, my coworkers, and myself. With respect, I can honor my patient’s wish by providing nonjudgmental care and support my patient’s cultural belief and preference. I believe caring plays an essential role in nursing practice. When utilizing Watson’s caring theory in my nursing practice, I focus on the human-to-human relationship. I will listen to my patient’s concerns and acknowledge patient’s problems and emotional and spiritual needs so as to provide individualized patient care and make them feel better.
The result shows I tend to think through a problem carefully and try to be fair to everyone in order to achieve an ethical result. I agree with the result because I try my best to treat my patients fairly regardless their gender, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic status. Even my patient is homeless with mental illness, I will still provide professional nursing care. Meanwhile, I will advocate and speak up for my patients if my patients are being treated unfairly. For instance, if I see the nurses laugh at an obese patient at the nurses station, I will kindly remind them it is an inappropriate behavior, and we should aware of our biases and be professional.
Through several years’ training, I try to understand my values. I think when I understand the values, it motivates the decision makings. Personally, I value autonomy, responsibility, justice, and commitment. I believe those virtues can guide to action. I should act at all times in a manner that respects my patients and coworkers, treats them fairly, and be accountable and responsible for my action and keep the promises I make. I think with commitment, and sense of autonomy in practice, I can be a better nurse and I can provide effective patient care. The weakness I got from this inventory is being authoritarian. I have my rules, and I have to admit that I very strict to myself and others. Hence, I have a high expectation of others. I know this will lead to conflicts when we have teamwork. I need to remain open and put myself in someone else’s shoes to understand their situations. I have to learn how to forgive others if they did the wrong things. I also have to learn I need to encourage others instead of blaming.
Guido, G. W. (2010). Legal & ethical issues in nursing (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
University/College: University of California
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 24 September 2016
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