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Ethical Issue PowerPoint Presentation

The ethical issues presentation will address an ethical issue associated with the practice of nursing. The issue selected for discussion should have clearly identifiable pros and cons that, when analyzed, will allow the student to form a defensible position related to the issue. Principles from identified codes of ethics should be examined in relationship to the issue and position.. The powerpoint presentation should has from 12 to 15 slides without counting reference and title pages

The student should address the following:

1. Define the scope of the ethical issue.

2. Examine the scope of the issue as it relates to nursing and principles identified in codes of ethics.

3. Identify at least 2 positions taken on this issue by scholarly experts in the ethics discipline.

4. Explore the future for the issue as it relates to nursing practice.

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Mandatory HIV testing for
all pregnant women
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• Mandatory HIV testing for pregnant women
raises a lot of queries on its ethical mandate.
• The practice is meant to facilitate the wellness of
the mother and the fetus.
• Critics, however, take different stands on the
• The future of this practice similarly remains
• This is as there is increased advocacy on
informed consent, the need for protection of
human rights, and the need to protect the fetus.

Scope of the ethical issue
Medics emphasize mandatory HV testing to reduce prenatal HIV
transmissions Schuklenk & Kleinsmidt, 2007).
However, the practice leads to a violation of the right to privacy
and autonomy.

Mothers have to be compelled to undertake the mandatory
This has given rise to legal battles seeking to clarify the issue.

Scope of the ethical issue
• It is considered ethically justifiable due to its potential benefits to the
fetus, mother, and the society.
• A breach of respect to autonomy can, therefore, be regarded as
justifiable on libertarian paternalism grounds.
• The mother benefits as they are facilitated to get aware of their status
• This gives them room to take medication if they are infected.
• For the fetus, they are offered with a right to be facilitated towards a
healthy living.
• The society also mutually receives an act of beneficence as the
practice is edged on the need to do good.

Scope of the ethical issue
• However, ther...

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