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Ethical Consideration in Nursing

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The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, emphasizes the professional accountability of nurses. Nursing is governed by professional codes and practice standards. There are times in practice where you may be asked to do work that you consider being unsafe or risky. For example, being asked to care for patients in a specialty area that you are unfamiliar with, or being assigned patients who have a highly infectious communicable disease.

This assignment asks you to consider an ethical dilemma – the decision by registered nurses of refusing a patient allocation.  This is a complex decision and may have implications for an individual’s practice as a healthcare professional.

In this assignment you are to address the following:

  • Is refusing a patient allocation an option for a registered nurse? If so, why? If not, why not?
  • How you will you respond to complaints made about you to the Director of Nursing and/or Nursing Midwifery Board of Australia as a consequence taking such an action?

In your response you are to critically address the questions with reference to the academic literature and regulatory standards and codes.

Please upload soft copies of the references with highlighting the information that you used

14-16 References are needed (2006-2016).

2500 words count as the following:

(INTRODUCTION  300-400 words)

(The body: the two questions

The first one (1100-1300 words)

The second one (700-800 words)

(CONCLUSION 200-300 words)

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