I was graduated in Philosophy, my focus on ethics. I studied nursing later.
They make it seem in ethics classes like the questions are the hard part, the complicated issues.
Ridiculous, of course. We almost always know exactly what the right thing to do is, without much deep thought, if any. The complicated cases amount to a very thin slice of life, rarely tasted. Usually the answers are quite obvious.
The hard part is DOING what you know you should when it’s costly, unpopular, risky, dangerous. Hard!
Ethics does not always allow for compromise.
It’s a tough one, ethics. Very tough.
There is nothing tougher, really.
Especially hard on nurses under prevalent conditions:
Life and death. Making a living. Big stakes!
Yet the ethics are usually clear.
The decisions and actions… we each must live with as best we can.