Basic Tenets of Nursing Ethics
The American Nurses Association created a Code of Ethics that can be summed up in a few points:
- Compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every patient.
- Primary commitment is to the patient.
- Advocacy to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient.
- Responsibility and accountability for individual nursing practice to provide optimum patient care.
- Maintenance of personal integrity, safety, competence, and professional growth.
- Establishment, maintenance, and improvement of healthcare environments and conditions of employment in order to provide quality care.
- Advancement of the profession through various contributions.
- Collaboration with other healthcare professionals.
- Responsibility for articulating nursing values and maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice [click to continue…]
How Much Do You Know about Nursing Ethics?
Though many people may not realize it, nursing ethics and medical ethics are not synonymous. As Dr. Sarah Breier-Mackie wrote in the April 2006 issue of Gastroenterology Nursing, medicine is focused on cure, while nursing is focused on health. Care and healing are complementary, but not synonymous, and the distinction between caring for the person and caring for the disease dates back to Florence Nightingale in the late 19th Century.
Doctors, of course, are charged with fixing the problems a patient presents with. Nurses are another line of defense in healthcare, caring for the whole patient through compassionate means to promote, preserve, and restore health. So what does this mean when it comes to ethics? [click to continue…]
Could Telehealth Nursing be the Answer to the Healthcare Crisis?
Telehealth nursing is not a new concept, but it has recently started to emerge as an important component of quality care. An emerging picture of healthcare includes nurses taking a more proactive approach to patient care, in person, on the telephone, the web, and even through face-to-face tablet devices. Faced with the growing needs of an aging population, the shifting ground of healthcare issues, and the financial crisis sweeping the nation, the medical community needs innovative new solutions to meet the needs of the public, and telehealth is a practical, economic solution. [click to continue…]
Travel Nursing Trends
The healthcare industry is booming, even in today’s lackluster economy. For a traveling RN, this means more opportunities for employment. Travel RN Gab says, “The demand for travel nursing jobs is on the rise. Health reform has resulted in 32 million more people having access to health care. The aging population is living longer, which requires more health services including home health care, dialysis, and hospice services.” A surplus of baby boomers in the warmer states and coastlines gives ample opportunity for a traveling RN to secure employment without having to worry about the harsher weather seen in states where snow is prevalent. [click to continue…]
The HPV vaccine has been making headlines for the last few years as a way to help prevent cervical cancer. A vaccine that can prevent cancer is certainly newsworthy! However, lately the vaccine has come under fire for a number of reasons.
What is HPV?
HPV, or genital human papillomavirus, is the name used to describe several common sexually transmitted infection caused by a family of viruses. Most people never know they have the virus, but it can cause symptoms and can be transmitted through sexual contact whether or not the infected partner is symptomatic. It is possible to be infected with more than one form of the virus and to be infected for years without symptoms, spreading the virus the entire time. HPV can also lead to cervical cancer in a small number of infected women. While HPV can lead to several forms of cancer, the virus is present in almost all cervical cancer cases. Therefore, the vaccine can effectively prevent cervical cancer in most women. However, it is important to note that the occurrence of cancer in those with HPV is extremely low overall. [click to continue…]
While you can’t actually “buy” progress, and infrastructure alone can’t create innovation, having a technologically advanced research base with ample facilities can definitely help facilitate breakthroughs.
With that in mind, here’s a spotlight on some of the most technologically-advanced schools for – or including – medical research, in four key categories:
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