Principle of Nonmaleficence in Nursing: Definition & Examples

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A decision is made to treat a very premature infant with external oxygenation (ECMO) as a last ditch effort. The parents understand that brain hemorrhage is a real possibility as result of ECMO. This is the child's only hope of survival, and 50% of babies survive brain hemorrhage with little negative effect. The major ethical principle in this case is _____.

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1. A drug company sends 50,000 doses of an expensive antiviral medication to a poor country where viral disease is prevalent. The drug needs to be taken 4 times per day. The company indicates that it will not be sending additional free drugs, but will sell the drugs to the government at a discount rate. This means 12,000 people can receive one day's medication or fewer people can receive more days of treatment. However, the symptoms will recur when the drug is stopped. This action is an example of _____.

2. A woman is diagnosed with uterine cancer at the same time she is found to be three months pregnant. The recommended treatment is abortion and hysterectomy, followed by chemotherapy. If treatment is not started until after delivery, she has a less than 5% chance of survival. The patient is opposed to abortion and refuses to consider that option, even though she knows she has little chance of survival. The ethical principle in play here is _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With this quiz/worksheet we'll provide you with a series of illustrations of different ethical principles in the field of nursing and ask you to identify what ethical principle they represent.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To be exact, we'll test you on:

  • A patient who goes against the doctor's orders
  • The last resort decision to operate on a child with a potentially dangerous procedure
  • An organ donor list that prioritizes patients
  • A drug company that charges a government for a drug that is needed to treat a viral disease

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different circumstances regarding principles of nursing
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related nonmaleficence lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding particular examples of nursing principles

Additional Learning

Read our lesson, Principle of Nonmaleficence in Nursing: Definition & Examples to learn more about these concepts. The lesson will cover:

  • What nonmaleficence is
  • Examples of nonmaleficence
  • Components that go into nonmaleficence
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