A new-grad nurse is attending an orientation course for a position on a labor and delivery unit. The course is taught by a member of the nursing staff, who has been working on the unit for over 10 years. The new nurse is instructed on a procedure that is in direct conflict to what the nurse was taught in nursing school. In fact, the nurse was taught that performing the procedure this way could cause serious complications for the patient.
When the nurse raises a concern about the procedure the instructor replies “We have always done it this way, and I expect you to do it too, if you want to work here.”
Answer the following questions:
– How should the new nurse respond to this situation? Why?
-What ethical principles are influencing your decision?
-What legal concepts are influencing your decision?
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