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This assignment is going to look at the professional code of conduct for nurses and how ethical principles influence the Code.

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Assignment 1- Code of Conduct This assignment is going to look at the professional code of conduct for nurses and how ethical principles influence the Code. Discuss some dilemma (s) that can be encounter by nurse during their course of work and the assignment will describe how this code, is linked with some ethical models. The Code of Conduct is a set of rules and regulations for a particular work place or organisation. The Code of Conduct for nurses is set by the Nursing and Midwifery Councils, which briefly states; as a registered nurse you are personally responsible for actions and mistakes in your practice you must always be able to justify your decision, must always act according to the law whether those laws relates to your personal life or professional practice, you must respect your client as an individual and protect confidential information (www.nmc-uk.org) Moonie et al, (2000), states that Ethics are the moral codes that form the grounds for decision making and therefore the performance workers in a given profession. An ethical dilemma comes up when two or more of the morals in the ethical values conflict (www.apa.org) The dilemma that is going to be discussed is about teenage pregnancy. Nurse Mary had just finished a phone call, when someone knocked on her office door. ...read more.


Relating to this law the question of whether the nurse by prescribing or giving advice on contraceptive to girls under sixteen, could be seen as assistance to crime. Because the law also states that a person is responsible as an accomplice if he or she aids, abides, councils or obtain the commission of a crime (cited in Bartter, 2001). On one hand if she does not prescribe the contraceptive, the result could be an unnecessary pregnancy for the young girl. It could also be argued that by having sexual intercourse Emma is putting herself at risk as mentioned before. In looking at the code of conduct there are two relevant places of guidance for Mary. "Confidentiality must respect people s right" and adhere to the laws of the country in which you are practicing. Mary should discuss the case with her manager to make sure she follows the law. According to Black, (1991), many adults have a tendency to underestimate the maturity of under sixteen's, and seem to forget that the under age girls, according to the 1959 Declaration of Rights of the Child, they are as free as adults to have their needs met and to have a free will (cited in Bartter, 2001) A lot of girls under sixteen years of age are able to give approval to contraceptive treatment and advice. ...read more.


Although the fact that a profession has a code of conduct, there is no guaranteeing that the members of the profession will act in an ethical manner. The ability to respond to ethical dilemmas in the healthcare profession is dependant on the nurse's own honesty, courage, integrity or other personal morals. (Chitty and Black, 2007) This case can also be linked to the Utilitarianism theory (Mill, 1806) which is based on the views that a good act is one that brings the most good and least harm for the greatest number of people. (Moonie et. al. 2000) If Nurse Mary does prescribe the contraceptive, she will prevent an unwanted pregnancy and save the Government money, as it is less costly to provide counselling services than the health and social cost of unplanned pregnancy (Bartter, 2001) Reference: Bartter, N. (2001) Ethical issues in advancednursingpractice.Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann Publisher Banker, S. (2005) on being an ethical psychologist [online]. USA: American Psychological Association. Available from: http://www.apa.org/monitor/julaug05/ethics.html [accessed 18 June 2009] Berman, A. Orb, G., Harvey, B., Lake, R. and Snyder, S. (2008) Fundamentals of Nursing. Essex: Pearson Education Publisher Black, B., and Chitty, K. (2007) Professional Nursing Concepts and Challenges. USA: Saunders Publisher Charlene, R. Moonie, N. Pensile, K. and Stretch, B. (2000) Health and Social Care. Oxford: Heinemann Educational Publishers NMC (2009) the code in full [online] UK: Nursing & Midwifery Council. Available from: http://www.nmc-uk.org/aArticle.aspx?ArticleID=3056 [accessed 16 March 2009] ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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