Ethical and legal Practice Analysis

Ethical and legal Practice Analysis

The case of Brett Wilson giving an incorrect dose to a patient challenges the beliefs concerning what a registered nurse is supposed to do when a long time friend and college mate confides with him or her about the mistake with patient care. The ethical dilemma in the case is to either forego the friendship the nurse had with Brett and report the errors to the relevant authorities, or to preserve the information to avoid putting the friend on trouble. When training as a nurse, one has to be conversant with the ethics and laws that govern the practice. Patient care is the primary and most important aspect that should be addressed by all nurses. When an incorrect dose is administered to a patient, it is the responsibility of the nurse responsible to report the errors to the relevant authorities in order to allow the right procedures to be followed. One needs to decide what to do when a friend made a mistake in administration of doses to patients and fails to report the error him/herself and warns that if reported he or she would deny it. In this case therefore, this paper discusses ethical and legal consequences associated with medication errors as well as reporting. By giving a comprehensive analysis of the presented case study, this paper discusses the principle of non-beneficent, duty of care, and safety and quality.

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