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"My Reflective Experience of an Ethical Dilemma"

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  • Essay length: 2464 words
  • Submitted: 24/04/2006
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AS and A Level Healthcare

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"My Reflective Experience of an Ethical Dilemma"

This assignment will discuss and analyse an ethical dilemma I encountered whilst on placement from a legal, professional and ethical perspective. In addition, I intend to reflect on my experience using the Gibbs (1988), Reflective Cycle this will enable me to reflect on experiences and situations and consider ways in which I can improve and strengthen my own practice. In order to maintain patient and staff confidentiality all names and places have been changed (Nursing, Midwifery Council (NMC) 2002) therefore my patient will be referred to as Robert.

Robert is a sixty four year old man receiving chemotherapy for his Hodgkinsons lymphoma cancer. Throughout his treatment, Robert remained optimistic that the chemotherapy would cure his cancer and was looking forward to going home. However, due to his condition, Robert was unable to control his own body temperature; potentially this may mean the chemotherapy had been unsuccessful therefore, further tests were carried out. Prior to the test results, Roberts wife Sue approached myself and my mentor and stated that should the test results reveal 'bad news' Robert was not to be told as she felt he would give up all hope

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