Nursing is a profession which emphasizes in providing quality care health services to the individuals and several families. A safe and a competent nurse is the one who follows all the regulations, standards and the professional values during the service (Andre, Heartfield and Cusack 2016). She should follow all the legal and ethical principles of nursing. Nurses are responsible for providing person centered care to their patients and help them whenever they ate in need.This essay demonstrates the application of Law and Ethics to nursing practice.
The Code of Ethics is being formed in Australia for the nursing profession.The main objective of this code is that the nurses in the should provide quality care to all their patients without discriminating them on caste, creed and religion in various healthcare organizations. According to this code nurses should be courteous and empathetic towards their patients and should strictly follow all the ethical values and principles while providing care to them (Atkins et al.2016).They should also have excellent communication skills that will help the patient to recover soon from any health disease. They should take consent from the patient and his family members before starting the treatment procedure. They should explain the medications and the precautionary measures to be taken, functions and side effects of the drugs and the risks involved in the treatment procedure. The Enrolled Nurse Competency Standards involves various laws, acts and policies that should be followed by the nurses during the practice. It aims to provide quality care to the patients by following the policies and the guideline
The basic ethical principles include Autonomy, Beneficence, Non-maleficence Justice, Paternalism. Autonomy reverts to the fact that the nurses should respect the choice and the decisions of their patients as they are also human beings and have the right to freedom of choice. Non-maleficence means that the nurses should do not harm their patients during the treatment procedure. They should be active and alert at all times and should have a sense of responsibility. Beneficience means that the nurses should try their best in providing quality care that would help in improving the health and well being of their patients (Staunton and Chiarella 2016).Justice means that the nurses should not be impartial to all their patients and there should be no discrimination on the basis of caste and religion. Fidelity means that the nurses should be loyal, faithful and treat their patients with dignity and respect.
It can be concluded that the nursing professionals should get guidance about their roles and responsibilities to provide care to the patients in an effective manner They should follow all the principles of ethics.The nurses should maintain their dignity and of their patients as well. They should provide proper health care services and ensure patient satisfaction by effective communication strategies. The patients should be assessed about their mental and emotional status.They should keep a check on his psychological state if he is still suffering from depression, anxiety, sadness, anger or frustration.
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