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It is beneficial if a nurse who is not a native speaker communicate in English as their second language. This makes it very easy for the nurse to communicate with the patients since most of them speak English. One’s culture impacts on their belief that a warm environment is crucial to maintaining optimal health.
In the Filipino culture, formal greetings are usually welcomed with handshakes. Furthermore, a nurse may ask the patients how they feel and nod their heads as a sign of agreement. However, a Filipino nurse may not understand since in their culture head nodding does not always mean agreement. They are also very close to the patients since they believe that kinship goes beyond biological connections.
A nurse needs to use an indirect approach when discussing terminal illness for the first time. This has enables effective passage of information without creating the feeling of anxiety. As cited by Ludwick and Silva (2012), nurses need to encourage the patients with chronic illness to have strong faith and they will survive. It is believed that if a person has a strong faith he or she will actually survive.
Nurses need to have personal values, such as, managing time. This ensures that they provide care in a timely manner. Studies have demonstrated that nurses are self-less and determined people and always ensure that they take care of the patients as well as clients who deserve suitable and safe care. In some instances, they also apply religious values both in times of happiness and despair.
According to Yeo & Moorhouse (2010), ethics in nursing practice entails seeking the best way to take care of the patients together with the best nursing action. It has been found out that ethical values form the basis for collection of codes of ethics. Nurses often act based on the morals and values they have chosen (Mahmoodi, Alhani, Ahmadi, & Kazemnejad, 2008). As cited by Carr and Steutel (2009), morals define a personal character.
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I regard ethics as the right behavior or attitude which must be displayed appropriately at the right time and right place because certain situations calls for various correct responses from the individuals concerned.
It sets down the function of the human in terms of the specific virtues, rights, benefits to the society, compulsions and equality. The ethical standards tend to involve the principles that are related to the numerous rights such as right to privacy, right to liberty from injury and the rights that are related to life.
Generally, we are shaped by individual experiences, emotions, and knowledge all of which impact our perceptions, reasoning and judgment of situations and people. A collection of these factors form the basis for a personal ethical philosophy and worldview.
The values, morals as well as the ethics of any individual are tied together; thus in guiding the judgment. Values are often what people learn from their childhood as well as the lessons from the surroundings whereas the morals of a person are the inherent beliefs developed from the value system that guide how an individual should behave in the everyday situations.
Developing a personal code of ethics will enable one to stand for what is right in order to promote and enhance their areas of profession. The environment plays a critical role in promoting one’s morality. Through our interaction with the environment, we learn more about how people behave and how they interact with each other.
Free will is not maligning other people for our sake. Free will is a matter of doing things right and doing right things in the matter what I believe is right. Free will can be equated to ethics. The human mind is an instrument of deep set of values and realizations.