Professional Communication (Articulation) – The submission on ethical dilemmas

Professional Communication (Articulation) – The submission on ethical dilemmas and the Mr. Newcomb scenario is informative and generally comprehensive. Recurring parts of speech, sentence fluency, and word choice errors are present and impact the clarity of the response. These errors include missing words, unclear phrasing, inaccurate word choices, incorrect prepositions, and incorrect verb forms.

Content – The submission thoughtfully examines the task scenario of a hypothetical patient called Mr. Newcomb, who is requesting to visit with his mistress, where the nurse would respond by explaining that they cannot fulfill his request of deceiving Mrs. Newcomb, as this is morally and ethically wrong. The paper practically describes how the nurse would apply beneficence, non-maleficence, justice, and autonomy, to the task scenario, by showing empathy, refraining from acts that would cause harm like lying, maintaining a standard of fairness for all patients, and recognizing that Mr. Newcomb has a right to make his own choices. The submission logically discusses multiple strategies to promote self-care for the professional caregiver, which includes allowing oneself to cry and feel “raw,” exercising to find relaxation, and watching a movie with one’s significant other and their dogs. The omission of various components (author, title, date, and source location) for two bibliography entries negatively impacts the retrievability of the sources, requiring further review and corrections.

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Approaching Competence

Approaching CompetenceThe submission includes in-text citations for sources that are quoted, paraphrased, or summarized, and a reference list; however, the citations and/or reference list is incomplete or inaccurate.


Summarized and Paraphrased information related to the discussions of ethical principles is acknowledged with in-text citations and a reference-list. The omission of various components (author, title, date, and source location) for two bibliography entries impacts the retrievability of the sources. Inclusion of this key information is needed to facilitate retrieval of the sources. For specific instruction about in-text and reference-list citations, please click on the link located in the rubric item ‘Sources.’ Please contact the WGU Writing Center if further assistance is needed.


Approaching Competence

Approaching CompetenceContent is poorly organized, is difficult to follow, or contains errors in mechanics, usage, or grammar that cause confusion. Terminology is misused or ineffective.


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You have been working as a nurse in the adult oncology unit for the past year. You have developed a close relationship with many of your patients, but Mr. Newcomb has a special place in your heart. He has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and has undergone aggressive chemotherapy. Each day his wife has come to the unit to be with her husband. They have been married for over 40 years and share a deep love. Mr. and Mrs. Newcomb have made the decision to no longer continue with treatment and have decided that hospice care is needed. Over the past few days, you have watched Mr. Newcomb’s health decline, and you can tell from your experience that he does not have much time left to live. Mr. Newcomb has been very open about discussing his death, and you have had the opportunity to learn about his life and the legacy he will leave behind. While you are completing your rounds, you stop in Mr. Newcomb’s room to see how he is doing. You ask, “Is there anything else I can do for you?” Mr. Newcomb has rarely asked for anything, but today he has one request. Mr. Newcomb states, “Before I die, I would like to see my mistress one more time. Mrs. Newcomb is always here. Do you think you could tell her that I will be busy for a few hours tomorrow so I can make arrangements to see my mistress one more time?” Reflect on the following questions before you begin working on this task:

• What would you do in this scenario?

• How can your knowledge of ethical principles be utilized to determine your response to Mr. Newcomb?

• How would this affect you as a nurse and direct provider of care for Mr. Newcomb?


A. Summarize how the principles of beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy, and justice apply to the scenario by doing the following:

1. Describe how you would respond to Mr. Newcomb’s request.

2. Evaluate how you applied the principles of beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy, and justice to the scenario.

3. Examine how personal beliefs and values influenced your response to the scenario.

4. Describe three strategies to promote self-care.

B. Acknowledge sources, using in-text citations and references, for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.

C. Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.

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