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    competency is a good one to look at - you can also look at it through mental health e.g. can someone who attempted suicide decide to refuse treatment or should someone with long term treatment resistant anorexia be forcibly treated
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    (Original post by doodle_333)
    competency is a good one to look at - you can also look at it through mental health e.g. can someone who attempted suicide decide to refuse treatment or should someone with long term treatment resistant anorexia be forcibly treated
    Thank you for your reply! I like the argument about whether a person should be forcibly treated. Free will vs danger to themselves.
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    (Original post by tbhjuststop)
    Thank you for your reply! I like the argument about whether a person should be forcibly treated. Free will vs danger to themselves.
    there have been several court cases with regards to anorexia - patients who have been severely ill for a long time saying they understand (have competency) and should be allowed to starve to death - which you could refer to
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    (Original post by Perserverance)
    I've had a bit of experience with mental nursing and it put me off too...

    I rejected a mental healthcare worker job because felt like I'd not cope with it
    I got qualified as a mental health nurse then quit as I didn't think I'd cope. Ethical dilemma's I came across where things like if a patient has dementia and they regularly ask you where one of their relatives are (and you know the relative died a while ago), what do you say to them? It breaks many rules of being a nurse to be dishonest but do you regularly upset the patient? People mentioned forced medication too which is an ethical dilemma I was against it at first but looking at patients in the community who stop taking their medication and the impact it has on their lives I think it's something that in society we don't have much choice over. Maybe getting everyone to sign something similar to an advanced directive at a young age to indicate if they wish to be treated if they lose capacity could help. I'l have a think and post more later as I need to nip out ha
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    (Original post by indigofox)
    if a patient has dementia and they regularly ask you where one of their relatives are (and you know the relative died a while ago), what do you say to them?
    This seems to me much more the kind of ethical dilemma that an individual nurse might have to work through for herself, and the kind of thing I imagined that the thread might be asking for. Perhaps as well talking to parents who have an unrealistically optimistic sense of likely outcomes for their very sick child: do I provide a more realistic prognosis or let them believe what gets them through the night?

    Some of these others more obviously pertain to policy issues in healthcare, to be resolved by government committees or the RCN: are 'ethical dilemmas in Nursing', rather than '... in nursing', if you see what I mean.
 
 
 
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