Questioning the Persistent Vegetative State

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dc.contributor.author Medis, Kim
dc.contributor.editor David Martin
dc.contributor.editor Nelda Godfrey
dc.contributor.editor M. Kathleen Brewer
dc.contributor.editor Jo Ellen Greischar-Billiard
dc.coverage.temporal Fall 2010 - Spring 2011
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-26T15:12:11Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-26T15:12:11Z
dc.date.created 2011
dc.date.issued 2011-08-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2271/969
dc.description.abstract This paper concerns the topic of the Persistent Vegetative State (PVS) and some of the ethical dilemmas surrounding it. PVS is defined as a “condition in which the patient is wakeful but devoid of conscious content, without cognitive or affective mental function” (Smeltzer, Bare, Hinkle, & Cheever, 2010, p. 1857). This is an important subject to nurses as they are called to be advocates for patients and endeavor to “do no harm.” The primary loyalty of the nurse is to the patient. We are expected to be advocates especially to vulnerable populations. Patients have the right to self determination but those in persistent vegetative states may be vulnerable to the wishes of their surrogates or medical providers in the case of misdiagnosis. Nurses, being the closest healthcare provider to the patient, can offer enlightenment and information that other members of a multidisciplinary team cannot. It is pertinent for nurses to become more informed about these issues and to educate others. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS SCHOOL OF NURSING BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAM AND DELTA CHAPTER OF SIGMA THETA INTERNATIONAL en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Journal of Undergraduate Nursing Writing;
dc.subject Persistent Vegetative State en_US
dc.subject Nursing en_US
dc.title Questioning the Persistent Vegetative State en_US
dc.type Article en_US
rft.spage 46 en_US

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