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How does a nurse deal with conflicting opinions about a course of treatment?
According to the second provision of the Code of Ethics, a nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient (ANA, 2015). Therefore, if conflicting opinions arise about the course of treatment the patient will receive, the nurse should maintain the patient’s best interest and autonomy when performing care. For instance, if a patient’s wishes regarding their care conflict with others including physicians or family members, the nurse has a duty to help resolve these conflicts in order to honor the patient’s wishes. Conflict arises from opposing thoughts, feelings, ideas, behaviors, values and actions, according to Holman and colleagues (2019). Nurses are able to use problem solving and negotiation to reduce conflict. Conflict can be intrapersonal, or an internal struggle, or interpersonal occurring between two or more individuals. Problem solving includes open communication between staff and clients and can include focusing on the problem rather than personal differences, using active listening, and maintaining respect throughout all conversations (Holman, et al., 2019).
As health care professionals we will be going encountering people from a wide variety of cultures. Along with the wide variety of cultures comes a wide variety of different beliefs relating to health care. Often times the patient’s beliefs about the treatment plan may differ from the nurse’s beliefs. When this occurs, it is important for the nurse to stay supportive of the patient’s decision. Autonomy allows for the patient to guide the treatment decisions without influences from the health care professionals. The ethical principles guide nursing practice and thus the nurse must follow the patient’s decisions unless the patient is deemed incompetent. It is important for the nurse to listen carefully to what others are saying and try to understand their perspective (Holman et al., 2019). In addition, when caring for this patient the nurse should also continue to use assertive communication to allow for direct and honest communication between the client and nurse (Holman et al., 2019). The nurse should continue to use therapeutic communication for optimal health outcomes and for an increased sense of trust. The code of ethics states that the patient is the nurse’s priority (Fowler, 2015). The nurse must be a patient advocate and honor the patient wishes regardless of their own beliefs. Conflicting options often occur with patients from different cultures. The nurse must be culturally competent and tailor the health care to meet the patient’s social, cultural, and linguistic needs (American Hospital Association, 2021). During the assessment, gaining information about how the patient’s culture plays a role in their healthcare will allow the nurses to gain a better understanding of how the patient’s culture shapes them. This will allow the nurses to provide appropriate nursing interventions and prevent conflicting opinions that may occur later. Gaining a clear picture of the patient culture and background will allow the nurse to understand what beliefs guide their health decisions and help reduce conflicting options. Overall, the nurse must be the patient’s advocate and allow the patient to make autonomous decisions regardless of their beliefs