I have chosen case 2 as my essay topic that involves patient’s consent to nursing treatment. I strongly feel that the patient does not automatically gives the consent to the treatment at the start of his/her admission only. The main aim of my essay would be to present a research based arguement & defend my selection .My goal would be to provide a structured approach for identifying , analysing & resolving the ethical issues in my selected case.
In my opinion, practice of informed consent should be respected by the nurse. Although much of the debate lies in the discussion of cases where people are unable to make choices about their own treatment due to being incapacitated or having a mental illness that affects their judgement.
(Tuckett, Anthony ,2004,pp 500-513).
A way to maintain autonomy is for the person to write an advance directive, outlining how they wish to be treated in the event of them not being able to make an informed choice , thus avoiding unwarranted paternalism. This is because nursing theory seeks a collaborative relationship with the person in care. Themes that emphasizes respect for the autonomy and dignity of the patient by promoting choice and control over their environment are commonly seen. This is in contrast to paternalistic practice where the health professional chooses what is in the best interests of the person from a perspective of wishing to cure them.
(Hunt, Geoffrey ,2005,pp56-57)
SIGNIFICANT ETHICAL ISSUES IN THIS CASE
Informed consent is defined as voluntary acceptance by a competent patient of a plan for medical care after physician adequately discloses the proposed plan, its risks and benefits, alternative approaches.
(Druml C.,2004,pp 570-3)...