Nursing Roles and Values

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Nursing Roles and Values Task one
Western Governors University

Nursing Roles and Values Task One
This scenario presents various ethical issues that could be argued several ways from HIPPA violations to whether or not this patient has/had the cognitive ability to understand the execution of an advanced directive and Power of Attorney. Advance Directives are put in place for this very reason. It eliminates the need for family members to make a choice in the heat of the moment and also respects the wishes of the person whom it affects directly. Although Mr. E’s hypoxia could affect his ability to think clearly one cannot assume that he has an altered level of consciousness nor the inability to execute an advance directive prior to this situation. His advance directive clearly states that he does not wish to be placed on a ventilator. The Wyoming Nurse Practice Act clearly states in Chapter 7, Section 6 (ii) Advocates for the client, and then further states in subsection (A) respects clients rights, concerns, decisions, and dignity (Fowler, 2008). Failure to follow the nurse practice act in your state could mean that you will have your license suspended or may lose your license completely. It would depend on what the State Nursing Board decides and what they find in their investigation. It would be very unfortunate for a nurse to lose their license this way. Unfortunately the nurse in this situation did not advocate for this patient, she allowed the physician to violate the patients advanced directive wishes to not be placed on a respirator as well as allow someone who was not legally responsible to make medical decisions for this patient. This nurse also withheld pertinent information regarding the knowledge of and stated in the Advanced Directive.
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