As the OR nurse what are you legal and ethical issues now?

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Locate an article that discusses a bioethics issue. First, provide a summary of the article and the bioethics issue being presented. Next, discuss what ethical actions the nurse should take in relation to the issue being presented. Also discuss possible legal issues that the nurse should be aware of. This section should include at least 1 outside reference and your textbook and should be at least 1 0.5 pages long.
Analyze the following and answer the questions:
You are working on the Operating Room and the trauma alert goes off. You respond to the ER to provide support. Once in the ER, you receive report that an 89 year old male is coming in with a self-inflicted GSW (Gun Shot Wound) to the head. You listen to the radio traffic between the ER and ambulance to get an idea what kind of surgery you need to set up for and what will be needed as far as lines and fluid. Here is the report

HR: 121

B/P: 60/45

Saturation: 93%

Patient is intubated and non-responsive. Right pupil is fixed and dilated. Paramedic also states there is a large extended family headed to the ER. The patient lost his wife of 60 years 1 week ago and left a note stating that he is too heartbroken to go on. The patient and family arrive. The neurosurgeon discusses that their father potential outcome even with surgery is not good. The family insist that the neurosurgeon complete surgery.

1. What are the ethical and legal issues. Be specific and support you response with references

Once you have the patient in the room and you are prepped and ready for surgery, the phone rings. You receive word that the patient signed DNR orders two days ago.

1. As the OR nurse what are you legal and ethical issues now? Was the patient of sound mind when he signed this ordered? Do you honor the DNR or the familys wishes? Explain and support your response.

Your response to this scenario should be at least 2 pages and include 2 outside references and your textbook.

textbook is–professional nursing practice: concepts and perspectives by blais and heyes.

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