The purpose of this task is to explore how nursing ethics, self-advocacy, and professional accountability can be applied in clinical practice. Using the provide-d case scenario, you will be require-d to think about how ethical concepts can be used to make clinical decisions and explore the differences in personal and professional beliefs. You will develop personalize-d stress management plans that rely on the use of adaptive coping strategies to ensure personal health and well-being.
You have been working as a nurse in the adult oncology unit for the past year. You have develope-d a close relationship with many of your patients, but Mr. Newcomb has a special place in your heart. He has been diagnose-d with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and has undergone aggressive chemotherapy. Each day his wife has come to the unit to be with her husband.
They have been marrie-d for over 40 years and share a deep love. Mr. and Mrs. Newcomb have made the decision to no longer continue with treatment and have decide-d that hospice care is neede-d. Over the past few days, you have watche-d Mr. Newcomb’s health decline, and you can tell from your experience that he does not have much time left to live.
Mr. Newcomb has been very open about discussing his death, and you have ha-d the opportunity to learn about his life and the legacy he will leave behind. While you are completing your rounds, you stop in Mr. Newcomb’s room to see how he is doing. You ask, “Is there anything else I can do for you?” Mr. Newcomb has rarely asked for anything, but today he has one request. Mr. Newcomb states, “Before I die, I would like to see my mistress one more time.
Mrs. Newcomb is always here. Do you think you could tell her that I will be busy for a few hours tomorrow so I can make arrangements to see my mistress one more time?” Reflect on the following questions before you begin working on this task:
• What would you do in this scenario?
• How can your knowledge of ethical principles be utilized to determine your response to Mr. Newcomb?
• How would this affect you as a nurse and direct provider of care for Mr. Newcomb?
Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide.