Beginning in early 2020 we found ourselves amid a global pandemic, considered a once in a century event. During this and other outbreaks of communicable disease nurses in community health may be called upon to participate in actions such as contact tracing and educating individuals or groups on the need for quarantine, isolation, social distancing, and the need for restrictions on freedom of individuals. Nurses may collaborate with law enforcement or others when more extreme measures are required to enforce isolation and other restrictions. In order to be prepared for these activities it is helpful to consider the principles for justification of public health interventions. Many of the actions taken by the Canadian Government and provincial/territorial governments of Canada to respond to COVID 19 and impose extreme restrictions to reduce spread of disease relate to the principles for justification of public health interventions.
Review the four ethical principles outlined by Upshur (2002) as found on pages 166 of your textbook (Stanhope et al., 2017) and in the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA, February, 2006) article. Discuss how you can see the application of these principles in the COVID 19 public health actions. You may find it helpful to review the measures the Government of Canada and the Provincial/Territorial Government where you live imposed to reduce rate of infections in preparation for the discussion. Do you see any time when nurses may experience ethical dilemmas as they try to uphold other ethical principles described in Chapter 6 of Stanhope et al. (2017) at the same time as upholding the principles for justification of public health interventions? If so, explain your answer.
Please note there are many issues related to COVID 19 that affect you as people and as nurses. For this discussion, we are focusing on one particular aspect of interest to community and public health nursing, rather than looking at this pandemic more extensively. For more information, these sources are quite useful:
Government of Canada (Apr 22, 2020). COVID19 Pandemic Guidance for the Healthcare Sector. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirusinfection/health-professionals/covid-19-pandemic-guidance-health-care-sector.html
Nova Scotia College of Nursing (n.d.) COVID 19. https://www.nscn.ca/professionalpractice/trending-topics/covid-19
You are not required to review the information in the two links above for the group discussion, but you may find this information helpful in general. It is likely your Provincial or State nursing licensing authority has information as well.
Please note there are many issues related to COVID 19 that affect you as people and as nurses. For this discussion, we are focusing on one particular aspect of interest to community and public health nursing, rather than looking at this pandemic more extensively.
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