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Personal Nursing Ethics

After reading "Chapter 3: To Heal Sometimes, To Comfort Always," complete the questionnaire titled, "My Nursing Ethic."

1. What personal, cultural, and spiritual values contribute to your worldview and philosophy of nursing? How do these values shape or influence your nursing practice?

2. Define values, morals, and ethics in the context of your obligation to nursing practice. Explain how your personal values, philosophy, and worldview may conflict with your obligation to practice, creating an ethical dilemma.

3. Reflect and share your own personal thoughts regarding the morals and ethical dilemmas you may face in the health care field. How do your personal views affect your behavior and your decision making?

I do not expect the essay to be written all I need is helpful notes an points to help me get started. Thanks

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Many confuse the terms values, morals, and ethics. Morals describe a person's belief system and how they determine right from wrong. Values are the ideas of an individual that determine what is good/bad, ugly/beautiful, etc. Ethics are based on moral principles and value systems which defends what is right and what is wrong. I think the question they are getting at here is whether or not you can make ethical decisions based on moral principles that conflict with your own.

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This solution briefly discusses morals, ethics, and how to deal with health care ethical dilemmas that conflict with your personal moral view. This is more of a generalization of the topic to inspire further reflection. No citations are listed.