Nurse Practitioner Ethical Dilemma

Nurse Practitioner Ethical Dilemma

Ethical Dilemma

After reviewing The Invisible Patients documentarydefine/describe in detail an ethical dilemma that was experienced by the NP. Please note, there are several ethical issues, so there should be diversity in the responses. Explain how you would have handled the situation.

  • How is the NP in the documentary a Disruptive Innovator?
  • Discuss if there is a relationship between your personal beliefs and values and this ethical dilemma/barrier.
  • Describe at least one mechanism to overcome the barrier discussed.
  • Examine the potential cost and benefits to this barrier.

Remember there is no right or wrong answer for this ethical question. Suggested reference Look at the Nuremburg Code (US Department of Health & Human Services, 2005; Washington, 2012) as it was the major start of ethics in research and that can carry over to nursing practice.

US Department of Health & Human Services. (2005). The Nuremberg code.

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Guidelines: Support your responses with scholarly academic references using APA style format. Assigned course readings and online library resources are preferred. In your discussion question response, provide a substantive response that illustrates a well-reasoned and thoughtful response; is factually correct with relevant scholarly citations, references, and examples that demonstrate a clear connection to the readings. 3 paragraphs, 4 sentences each, 3 references including textbook: Hamric, A.B., Hanson, C.M., Tracy, M. F. & O’Grady, E. T. (2019). Advanced practice nursing: An integrative approach, (6th ed.). Saunders. ISBN: 9780323447751.

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The documentary raises specific ethical dilemmas that the patient and the nurses must deal with daily. In the documentary, Louie and Ron are siblings, and they live together. Ron was involved in an accident. As a result, he was crippled and had to rely on a wheelchair. On the other hand, his sibling Louie recently had a heart attack, and as a result, he had to move in with his brother. Jessica is a Nurse Practitioner (NP) who took care of Ron and ensure that he made progress with his therapy. When Louie and Jessica met at Ron’s place, he believed that Jessica, as a nurse, was not the rightful person to handle his brother’s finances. Louie avers that because he is the closest relative to Ron, he should be the one to have access and manage his finances. In stating this to the nurse, Louie threatened her that he could dig up specific issues that may be detrimental to her.


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