Do not resuscitate: reflections on an ethical dilemma
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Do not resuscitate: reflections on an ethical dilemma

Jeannie Jones Nursing student, University of Chester

This is a reflective account of an ethical dilemma encountered while on placement on a cardiology ward. Reflection is a process which allows practitioners to reveal and expose thoughts, behaviours and feelings that are present at a particular time. All reflective models are based on the principle that purposeful reflection results in a better understanding and awareness, thus enhancing clinical practice (Driscoll and Teh 2001). The Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle has been selected for its simplicity and ease of use to aid personal development. The dilemma was identified and analysed from a professional, ethical and legal perspective. Pseudonyms are used to maintain confidentiality and protect the identities of all parties involved.

Nursing Standard. 21, 46, 35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.


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