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Ethics

NU 474 Unit 2 Topic 1

TermDefinition
Advocacy the act of pleading for or supporting a course of action on behalf of a person, group, or community
Bioethics a branch of ethics that applies the knowledge and processes of ethics to the examination of ethical problems in health care
Code of Ethics moral standards that delineate a profession's values, goals, and obligations
Deontology an ethical theory that bases moral obligation on duty and claims that actions are obligatory irrespective of the good or harmful consequences that they produce
Ethical Dilemma a puzzling moral problem in which a person, group, or community can envision morally justified reasons for both taking and not taking a certain course of action
Ethics a branch of philosophy that includes both a body of knowledge about the moral life and a process of reflection for determining what persons ought to do or be regarding this life
Moral Distress an uncomfortable state of self in which one is unable to act ethically
Morality shared and generational societal norms about what constitutes right or wrong conduct
Principlism an approach to problem solving in bioethics that uses the principles of respect for autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice
Utalitarianism an ethical theory based on the weighing of morally significant outcomes or consequences regarding the overall maximizing of good and minimizing of harm for the greatest number of people
Values beliefs about the worth or importance of what is right or esteemed
Autonomy the quality of having the ability or tendency to function independently
Beneficence doing good or active promotion of doing good
Justice equitable distribution of benefits and burdens
Respect for Autonomy based on human dignity and respect for individuals and allows them to choose those actions and goals that fulfill their life plans unless those choices result in harm to another
Distributive Justice requires that there be a fair distribution of the benefits and burdens in society based on the needs and contributions of its members
Nonmaleficence the fundamental ethical agreement to do no harm
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