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    Ethics in Nursing: Applying Uustal

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    Uustal (1993) proposed a decision-making model that provides concrete steps in which to arrive at a morally acceptable solution when faced with an ethical dilemma. What type of ethical dilemma have you encountered in the clinical setting? How can the decision-making model identified by Uustal be applied to this situation? Be specific when describing each of the nine steps.

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    I have encountered an ethical dilemma in the clinical setting that involved making the decision as to which of a number of different treatments will be best for this particular patient. The Uustal decision-making process can be applied to this situation by utilizing step one, which is to ascertain the objective that is sought to be achieved in this situation. The objective is to treat the patient with the most appropriate treatment that leads to an increase in their health and well-being. Step two would involve ...