When treating a patient with a suspicious injury or illness, what is the level of responsibility a nurse has in advocating for that patient? What if there is the possibility of substance abuse or domestic violence? How would these factors affect the patientâ€™s treatment? What are the ethical dilemmas apparent in dealing with patientâ€™s suffering from more than just illness? How would you handle the situation? Please answer the following:
- What are some ways in which nurses in your work setting could fulfill their legal and ethical responsibility to advocate for patients with suspicious injuries or illnesses?
- What are the major challenges to nurses meeting that responsibility, and what are some strategies that BSN nurses could use to help their colleagues overcome those challenges?