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Implementation of Core Beliefs and Ethics in Nursing
Kaleigh Balan
California State University, Stanislaus



Implementation of Core Beliefs and Ethics in Nursing
In the clinical field, nurses use their core beliefs as a road to guide them to the finish line.
Under stressful situations where decisions need to be made, nurses must combine their own
beliefs and what they’ve acquired about ethics to reach a decision. Throughout this paper I will
state my own personal beliefs and explain how theories I support will be reflected in the clinical
Statement of Core Beliefs
Over the course of my life, my experiences and environment have created a foundation
for my morals, values, and ethics (Finkelman & Kenner, 2013, p. 180). As a future nurse, I feel
it is important that every patient is treated equally. The quality of care should not be dependent
upon things like ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation or religion. Patients should be seen as one in
the same in the eyes of health care providers. Also, each patient should have some sort of
relationship with his or her health care provider. Creating a relationship with the patient makes
them feel more at ease and increases the chances of them confiding in you and trusting you.
Statement of Ethical Framework
In the theory, ethics of care, its main focus is on making sure that everyone has a voice.
Carol Gilligan, one of the founders of the theory, explains that it stresses the importance of
people being not only heard, but listened to (Gilligan, 2011). It requires that healthcare providers
pay attention to emotions and create relationships with the patients instead of running through
the motions. It aims at reaching a decision that supports or nurtures the vulnerable.
Evolution of Ethical Framework Theory
Mirroring my own core beliefs, the ethics of care theory stresses importance on genuinely
caring for your patient and creating relationships. Believing in equality and creating a



relationship with the patient means that every person will be treated as a human being, not an
object. Not treating a person as an equal can make it very hard for a health care provider to truly
care and nurture a patient. In this type of work, it is important that we make the patient feel as
comfortable as possible in a very uncomfortable situation. By doing so, the patient may in turn,
be more cooperative, disclose more information and feel genuinely cared about.
Application to Clinical Situation
Being a firm believer in equality and showing compassion, I would make sure everyone
receives the same quality of care. To me, everyone is one in the same, but unfortunately not
everyone agrees. For example, at one of my brother’s doctor appointments, he was not treated
fairly. As soon as the doctor became aware of his sexuality, his demeanor changed completely.
He became very indifferent. In turn my brother felt extremely embarrassed for being who he
was and did not feel like he received the level of care that a straight person would have. In this
situation, I wouldn’t have changed my level of care or attitude because of the sexual orientation
of my patient. If anything I may have opened up the topic for discussion to build rapport rather
than stray away. By building rapport, the patient may be more likely to disclose personal
information that is crucial to their care. It is important to make patients feel safe and protected in
a healthcare setting. It is not my place to judge, but instead provide the best healthcare.
Conclusively, my beliefs in equality and creating relationships with your patient has led
me to most closely relate to the ethics of care theory. My passion toward equality and genuinely
caring for others means that everyone will be receive the same type of care and attentiveness
from me with no signs of bias. Adopting these beliefs in to clinical situations will lead to better
outcomes and experience for both the patient and me.



Finkelman, A. & Kenner, C. (2013). Ethics and legal issues. In A. Harvey, S. Bempkins & A.
Clerkin (Eds.), Professional nursing concepts: Competencies for quality leadership (2nd
ed., pp. 179-200). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
Gilligan, C. (2011). How would you define ethics of care? University of Humanistic Studies,

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