Ethical Decision Making
Rubria De Leon
Grand Canyon University: NRS-437
January 10, 2016
As healthcare professional we face on the daily basis ethical challenges that are complex to resolve. Ethical decision making models can help providers find the most ethically sounding solution. It is important for providers to remain objective, and avoid relaying purely in an emotional perspective, and Diane Uustal proposed a model for healthcare professional. This tool attempts to reach a decision that is most ethical. Her model not only uses the nursing process to reach an ethical decision, but also includes values clarification when using an ethical decision making model (Ethical Decision Making, 2011)
A six-year-old is experiencing a high fever, vomiting, and convulsions at school, so he is rushed to the hospital. The child is now hospitalized with a diagnosis of meningitis, which is a life threatening acute condition. The attending physician is now requesting to initiate treatment. Due to the nature of the condition treatment must be started immediately. The parents of the child are divorce, and the child lives with the mother who is not the biological mother, and the biological father leaves in another state. Due to her religious believes the mother, who has primary custody of the child declines to accept treatment for the child. The father is also contacted and he insists the child begins treatment.
We can use the Uustal approach to dissect the situation. We begin by identifying the dilemma. The scenario involves the patient, a child as a patient who is unable to make his or her own decision. The mother, as the responsible caregiver who does not believe in medical interventions, and a father who for whatever reason is not physically present, but is aware of the condition of his child and disagrees with the mother’s wishes. Should the healthcare team honor the mother’s wishes and not...