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Can you think of any that a nurse may have and are these any different to other jobs? 7 you may have thought of: • • • • • • • • to my mother and father; to my children; to do good; to behave correctly; to pay bills; to be clean and look tidy; to be loyal to my partner; not to kill. There are many things that we feel that we have to do, often not thought about. Ross (1930, cited in Gillon 1986: 18) listed the following. Duty of fidelity (the obligation not to deceive and to keep promises); Duties of justice (obligations to promote the distribution of happiness or pleasure in accord with merits; probably meaning deserts, of the persons concerned); Duties of reparation (obligations to compensate others for harms we have caused them); Duties of gratitude (obligations to repay in some way those who have helped us); Duty of self improvement (obligations to achieve our potential); Duty of beneficence (the obligation to try to help others); Duty of non-maleficence (the obligation not to harm others and this seems to be more stringent than beneficence).

His duties had included leading his fleet of ships to victory but many sailors had been killed and ships lost in the process. Killing is unethical, in most circumstances, so this duty of Nelson’s could be interpreted as gaining glory rather than doing the right thing. Nelson may, also, have rationalized that it was best to go to war than to lose the country to an invading force. 117] at [07/18/16]. Copyright © McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC. Not to be redistributed or modified in any way without permission.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (2008) The Code: Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives. pdf (accessed 6 October 2012). Seedhouse, D. (1988) Ethics: the Heart of Health Care. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. M. and Horsburgh, D. (2006) Nursing Ethics, 5th edn. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. Tschudin, V. (2003) Ethics in Nursing: The Caring Relationship, 3rd edn. Edinburgh: Butterworth Heinemann. Walker, P. and Jones, S. (2009) Jury criticizes police and council over death of Fiona Pilkington and daughter, The Guardian, 28 September 2009.

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