Nursing Ethics: Patient Abandonment Essay

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This case study examines a case of an LPN who became ill while about halfway through her shift and chose to go home. This LPN was assigned to care for five patients in an obstetrical ward, four of which were considered stable. The fifth patient was awaiting an obstetrical consultation when the LPN became ill and vomited. At this time, she notified the other nurses and, subsequently, the charge nurse that she needed to leave due to illness. The charge nurse instructed her to notify her supervisor prior to leaving the facility; however, the LPN chose not to do so and went home. Her reasoning in not notifying her supervisor as she was instructed was that she feared that the supervisor would ask her to go to the emergency room for care. …show more content…
The Texas Board of Nursing carries many functions. The Board establishes nursing standards and regulates both professional and vocational nursing. In addition, the Board of Nursing receives complaints and investigates possible violations, as well as issues disciplinary actions against nurses. All nurses must be licensed under the Board of Nursing in the state in which they practice. It is the responsibility of the Board of Nursing to deem nurses as qualified to practice both professional and vocational nursing by granting licensure and accrediting nursing schools and programs, as well as monitor state board examinations. Finally, the Board of Nursing must provide guidance, education, evaluation, and advice to counsel educators and nurses. All licensed nurses are ultimately responsible to the Board of Nursing. First, let us examine the scope of practice for LPNs. Vocational nurses may practice nursing under the supervision of a registered nurse, advanced practice nurse, physician, physician assistant, or dentist. In this case, the LPN reported to the charge nurse. Vocational nurses assist in evaluating patient responses to care and in implementing both teaching and patient care. This care includes tending to basic patient care and conducting focused assessments. In addition, vocational nurses may have duties delegated to them by RNs such as collecting data and specimens. Vocational nurses are part of the care team, coordinators of care, and

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