Ch 13 womens health nursing

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Ch 13 womens health nursing

  1. 1. Ethics in the Life Sciences Chapter 13 Women’s Health Nursing 1
  2. 2. Learning Objectives • Identify ethical issue relating to women’s health care • Discuss the ethical implications of new reproductive technologies • Analyze complex ethical situations affecting women’s health and caregiving roles • Analyze the ethical issues in light of the nurse’s obligation toward advocacy, truth-telling, confidentiality and resource allocation 2
  3. 3. Women’s Health Nursing Informed Decision Making • Adult women have the right to consent to or refuse medical treatment. • Informed decision-making requires the understanding of the intended benefits and possible risks or complications of medical interventions. 3
  4. 4. Women’s Health Nursing • Cultural differences may play a role in the decision making process for some families. For example, in some cultures, the male figure may make the decisions related to the women’s healthcare. • Financial dependence may also play a role in a women's perception of who has the right to make decisions for their healthcare needs. • Nurses, should advocate for women and assist them in the decision-making process. Nurses also need to be sensitive to cultural differences that may play a part in the decision making process. 4
  5. 5. Women’s Health Nursing • Some women’s health issues that the nurse may experience include: • Balancing maternal and fetal interest • Pregnancy and HIV • Mandatory bed rest • Pregnancy and delivery • Contraception • Abortion • Sterilization • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) • Menopause • Caregiver Burden 5
  6. 6. Women’s Health Nursing • Nurses should have a good understanding of their own moral positioning and beliefs related to some of the Women’s health issues presented in the previous slide. • This will assist the nurse in caring for patients and helping patients make decisions without interference of their own beliefs and judgments. 6
  7. 7. Summary • Decision making in women’s health presents new challenges because many of the situations the woman balances her interest against the interest of her fetus. • Variations in attitudes towards women’s health decisions play a role in the decision making process. • Nurses should be prepared to inform and support women presenting with women’s health issues. 7

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