APA Ethical Dilemma Paper

1366 words 6 pages
Trial Testing in Children
Leslie Aguilar
Chamberlain College of Nursing
NR 322: Pediatric Nursing

Trial Testing in Children Our country is one where every day, new medical treatments and medicines are being discovered and being approved to help Americans battle all of the different diseases and conditions that affect us. In order for us to be able to get access to those medications and treatments, many people agree to become part of clinical trials, they are the first to receive the treatments, this helps to understand how the body will be affected and if the medication will be effective. People who are part of these clinical trials, go through extensive medical testing, and they must be of sound mind and
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Respect for persons/autonomy applies to the dilemma of pediatric research trial because many times children are not given the opportunity to give their opinion on whether or not they want to be part of the trials, their autonomy is being affected because they are not allowed to make their own decisions based on what they believe is best for them, they are often told what to do and they are not allowed to think about all of the options that they have. Nonmaleficence also applies to this ethical dilemma because even with all of the controversy surrounding pediatric clinical trials, researchers are always trying to not intentionally cause harm to the children, a lot of research goes into these trials and that is why there are different levels of risks for these trials and parents and participants need to be made aware of the risks. The two ANA provisions that apply to this dilemma are provisions 1 and 3 (American Nurses Association, 2001). Provision 1 applies because pediatric nurses who are faced with this dilemma, need to make sure that they are keeping their professionalism and keep their own opinions and feelings out of the situation. Pediatric nurses need to make sure that they are taking care of the child and also the parents of the child, and this may mean that they need to explain to the parents or find someone who is capable of explaining to the parents what the clinical trials are and everything associated


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