Ethics in Community-Oriented Nursing Practice

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Ethics decision making has application to healthcare professional both in community-oriented nursing and forensic nursing. Webster’s New World Dictionary defines forensic as 1) characteristics of, or suitable for a law court, public debate, or formal argumentation. 2) specializing in or having to do with the application of scientific, esp. medical knowledge to legal matters, as in the investigation of crime. Forensic nursing makes application of the science of nursing to the administration of justice. The International Association of Forensic Nurses, code of ethics states in part that the association expects its members to adhere to the highest standards of ethics. Forensic nurses have professional obligations to colleagues, to science, and to the public, and especially to those members of the public who are demonstrably disadvantaged. Accordingly, the International Association of Forensic Nurses expects its members and associate members to abide by its Code of Ethics as a condition of initial and continued membership. So just as the ethical principles and approaches to community oriented nursing are enduring and dynamic so to with the ethical principles that apply to forensic nursing. (Stanhope: Community and Public Nursing Chapter 6)

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