Mr. Newcomb has limited time

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Quite sometimes, in the healthcare field, a relationship developed between patients and nurses and can even extend to the patient family’s member. It is known that on earth, Mr. Newcomb has limited time; on his request. In such situations, people do not want to say a final goodbye to their beloved. Within my nurse’s experiences, the patient often requests not to share their medical information with their next of kin. When patients require for such a thing, then the caregiver must be cooperative. Above all, it is the choice of the patient as to which information must be shared. Mr. Newcomb asked me to provide the wrong information to his wife, which make her uncomfortable. I need to explain to Mr. Newcomb that it would be wrong ethically and morally to do such a thing. More ever, In the medical professional, no nurse with ethical value with go along with his extramarital adultery. As a nurse, my work is to deliver compassionate and outstanding care and do not give false information to his wife.


Beneficence is defined as an act of charity, mercy, and kindness with a strong connotation of doing good to others, including moral obligation. All professionals have the foundational moral imperative of doing right. (J. Humanit, 2009). In the above scenario, the beneficence is shown by providing heart-to-heart empathy with Mr. Newcomb and validate and acknowledge his feeling to say goodbye to his wife.

The opposite of beneficence is Non-maleficence. (Cherry and Jacob,2014) explains that non-maleficence is a principle of ethics in which one does not have to provide harm to another. In the given scenario, as a nurse, I need to use the method of non-maleficence by opting not to lie to Mrs. Newcomb. By doing so, I need to avoid causing any emotional harm to the wife of the patient. The ethical principles of nurses are to uphold information and do not interject it in the personal life of a patient. Autonomy needs independence from controlling or outside influences and the show’s capacity for the actions taken intentionally (Sedig, 2016). Working as a nurse of Mr. Newcomb, there is a need to apply the principle of autonomy by giving respect to his decision. I provide education to all of my patients regarding their decision making. Education is provided to the patients mostly regarding their medications, and improve their lives through medical treatment. Mr. Newcomb can decide and tell his wife to go home or run errands for some hours. As a nurse, I should care for his decision and care about his autonomy as well.

As a nurse, justice is applied when an unconditional and excellent care is continuously provided to Mr. Newcomb even though he has made an unethical request. His recommendations were immoral, but I still need to continue unbiased services and take care of his concerns as I have done with other patients.


Momentarily, some personal conflicts are aroused due to the patient’s request. My heart sank for Mrs. Newcomb, who got married to an adulterer. Ethically I do not want to indulge myself in a situation in which I become an accomplice with Mr. Newcomb by lying to his wife.

I then view the situation from the outside perspective. I do not have information on which boundaries or relationship needs to be set between their marriage. I even choose not to interfere with it. These situations break my heart when a patient says they are counting their breaths. These patients mostly tied to loose ends with their family and ready to say their final goodbyes to their family.


The nurse must provide care to the patients. We are selfless in, day in and day out. Each day at work, we provide knowledge, compassion, and patience to the patients and their families. A nurse can be exhausted because of their duties. Self-care strategies must be implemented and provided by nurses. If I had a day that drains me mentally and physically when I came home, my response explains many things. The saddest and lowest instants that happened during the day keep revolving in my mind. Once, I recalled a scene when a patient has no family around, and he was taking his last breaths, when I was back at home, I cried. All the good things said by the physician, coworker, patient, and family member were revolving in my mind. When the patient mentioned above passed away, then his family come to his body to say a final goodbye. They cried and hugged me. They thanked me and held me for the comfort I provide to their loved one during the last moments of his life. To cover up such unpleasant emotions, I let myself feel raw. Secondly, I do exercise to soothe myself. Sometimes it provides more relaxation when I go to the gym and exhaust my energy. For a healthy lifestyle, it is essential to do exercise. My final strategy is to spend time with my lover. I get myself recharged after spending a carefree time with my lover and our dogs. Watching a movie while sitting on the couch makes me feel good and replenish my soul. I feel that these things not only make me feel happy but also combat burnout and fatigue. I think healthier; a happier nurse can give more care to her patients.


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