Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Ethical and Moral Distress

Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Ethical and Moral Distress

Article excerpt

Nursing today is still that honorable profession that only a few can do so well. It has come to a time in history that everyone from their mother to the grandmother, all children, cousins and friends are trying to enter the profession, but without the compassion and perseverance that are two necessary ingredients (ethics and morals) needed to provide the care that helps others to return to their highest functioning on their health/wellness continuum. This is so evident by all the schools opening up around the country, and all the online learning and teaching for health care workers that promise a lifetime career that may be completed in about six to twelve months. It is highly unlikely that these new folks entering the profession can do the job that took so many of us a lifetime to really understand and perform to a level of excellence. But, we as registered nurses have left many of our jobs unattended. Now that many health care institutions (hospitals) do not hire licensed practical nurses, orderlies and nursing assistants, this personnel are employed in clinics, doctor offices, nursing and retirement homes, and one of the areas (home care) that really need professional supervision, assessment skills and professional judgment at all times. This is also evident by all the abuse and law suits that are constantly arising in home care situations and the nursing and retirement facilities. Families are hiring non-professionals to care for their loved ones in their private homes and facilities hoping these persons are caring for family members, but later realize that bank accounts have been exhausted, and many of their values and heirlooms have simply disappeared. Many families have chosen this help because they are low-paid and many are not reporting their earnings to the Internal Revenue Service. …

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