Ethics deals with right and wrong conduct. They tell what one needs to do and what to refrain from doing. Ethics in health care concerns how to handle issues arising from care of patients. Often, ethical healthcare decisions consider more than just the medical condition of the patient. One of the key ethical concepts that healthcare professionals ought to understand is beneficence. This is compassion, taking positive actions in helping others, desire to do the right things and observing the core principle of the patient advocacy.
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Thus, the nurse should balance the beneficence of providing the medication with the possible maleficence of obtaining consent when the patient does not have the capacity to make the decision. In doing this, the nurse demonstrates the act of maleficence as a core ethical concept in healthcare.