- Lachman, Vicki D.
- Janneth Publications
- Drexel University. College of Nursing and Health Professions. Faculty Research and Publications.
- In the April 2007 issue, I discussed the importance
of moral courage in resolving difficult ethical problems (Lachman,
2007a). Moral courage is the individual’s capacity to overcome fear
and stand up for his or her core values and ethical obligations
(Lachman, 2007b). It is the willingness to address a problem that
others are ignoring or sidestepping. Clinical practice offers a
multitude of opportunities to speak out and advocate for patients,
families, new graduates, and the preservation of quality care in
your unit. As promised, in this column four different case studies
relevant to the practice of a medical-surgical nurse are analyzed.
The first case study focuses on the need for moral courage in the
dying patient, where the right action is supporting the patient’s
expressed wishes. The second case study will center on the
management of a disruptive family. Case three will emphasize the
ongoing ethical issues of incivility/bullying toward new nurses.
The fourth and final case will spotlight the nurse’s ethical
responsibilities when the new nurse manager is asked to do
something unethical. Each example will provide an overview of an
actual case, disguised to protect the individual or organization.
It will contain the basic description of the case, highlight the
ethical issues, and describe the obvious need for moral courage and
options for an ethical solution.
- Drexel University. College of Nursing and Health
Professions. Faculty Research and Publications.
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