Foundations of Professional Nursing

Ethical/Legal Case Study

Several case studies that are relevant to the practice of a medical-surgical nurse will be explored. Each student is assigned to a case study and prepare a PowerPoint presentation to discuss:
1. The ethical issues presented in the case study.
2. The ethical principles that are violated in the case study?
3. The ethical and moral obligation of the nurse?
4. The suggested solutions for the case study?

Case Study # 2- Moral Courage with a Family Disruption

The 79-year-old patient in the Host family has COPD and mild dementia, and currently is hospitalized because of diagnosis of cerebrovascular accident (CVA). The CVA has left her with partial paralysis of the left side and inability to speak. The family expects the nurses to do everything for the patient, even though the patient is able and willing to do a number of basic care functions. The crisis occurs when the son comes to the nurses’ station, screaming at the unit secretary about the staff’s incompetence and demanding to see the nursing supervisor. The charge nurse is in the nurses’ station and is able to address the hostile situation. What actions should the charge nurse take?


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