Post a total of 3 substantive responses over 2 separate days for full participation. This includes your initial post and 2 replies to classmates or your faculty member.
Read “COVID-19: Ethical Challenges for Nurses” from the University Library.
Based on your own clinical experience, the experience of other students or a trusted healthcare colleague, or trusted media reports, answer the following questions in a minimum of 175 words:
- In your opinion, what has been the biggest ethical challenge for nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Provide evidence to support your opinion.
Post 2 replies to classmates or your faculty member. Be constructive and professional.
21 minutes ago, at 11:24 AM
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One of the biggest ethical challenges nurses faced during the COVID-19 pandemic was the lack of resources, PPE, and support from their administration/colleagues. Nurses across the globe faced countless dilemmas that led to unsafe work conditions, and lack of the utilisation of PPE. Furthermore on the subject of PPE, nurses were constantly bombarded with the changing rules related to specific PPE. Sometimes they were told to wear only a mask, then to double it up, then to wear a gown with one mask, then no gown but with only a N95, then N95’s were removed and only regular masks. The scenarios are endless and were very inconsistent. Additionally, the access to proper PPE was concerning as well. Many times, nurses didn’t the proper equipment, including gloves and masks. To add to the mess, nurses were overworked and underpaid. Many nurses even left the profession because they were over worked and understaffed. Another sad addition to the pandemic was the limitation of visitors. Many patients died alone due to the strict rules and patients unable to have family present during their last moments.
Chamsi-Pasha, H., Chamsi-Pasha, M., & Albar, M. A. (2020, July 3).
Ethical dilemmas in the era of covid-19. Avicenna journal of medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7414603/
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an hour ago, at 10:34 AM
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In my opinion, I think the most significant ethical problem for nurses from covid-19 has to be the work environment that nurses were subject to. Not having essential resources such as n-95masksa and gowns put the nurse’s health at risk. Nurses in the beginning at my hospital would have to fight over the mask and not everyone would get one. When dealing with a new virus that is killing so many people, nurses were expected to continue to take care of these patients even when they themselves were not fully equipped to take care of them. The masks were no longer one-time-use masks. These masks would have to go in paper bags and be saved for the next time even if they were damaged and were not fully protecting the nurse they would still not be able to get a new mask. Why were nurses expected to put their health on the line when the hospital was failing to keep them safe? “Employers have a duty to their employees to provide adequate PPE, and any harm that may come to patients through lack of PPE and personnel to safely care for patients is a failure of institutions and systems” ( Morley, G. 2020) The employers were not living up to this standard. It was a very unsafe and unethical time for nurses.
Morley, G., Grady, C., McCarthy, J., & Ulrich, C. M. (2020). Covid‐19: Ethical Challenges for Nurses.
Hastings Center Report,
50(3), 35–39. https://doi.org/10.1002/hast.1110
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