As the principles of beneficence and non-maleficence are closely related, they are discussed together in this section beneficence involves balancing the benefits of treatment against the risks and costs involved, whereas non-maleficence means avoiding the causation of harm.
Nursing nursing is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life nurses may be differentiated from other health care providers by their approach to patient care, training, and scope of practice.
Evolving issues such as data sharing, computerized documentation systems, deontology, and utilitarianism were not addressed only ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, fidelity, nonmaleficence, paternalism, and veracity were reviewed with students. Non-maleficence came from latin term, non meaning “not”, mal meaning “bad” and ficence meaning “do or make”, so, non-maleficence is mean help patients if nurses can do, but making them avoid from worse (hall, 1996.
The principle of nonmaleficence in combination with the principle of beneficence guides clinicians in suggesting a palliative plan of care for the baby this treatment option minimizes harm to the infant and prevents prolongation of futile treatment. Beneficence is not the only ethical concept relevant to nursing nursing in the united states is guided by a philosophy called “ethical principlism,” according to role development in professional nursing practice.
Nonmaleficence requires that an action is intrinsically correct and intended to have a good effect, that the good effect is not a result of a bad effect, and that the good effect outweighs the bad beneficence refers to actions which are meant to be good. Beneficence is defined as an act of charity, mercy, and kindness with a strong connotation of doing good to others including moral obligation all professionals have the foundational moral imperative of doing right.