As an intern student nurse, you admitted Sarah to the ward, a week ago for investigations of her worsening symptoms. This morning Sarah’s husband speaks to you at the nurses’ station and says that under no circumstances is his wife to be told her results. He is concerned that if the results indicate a poor prognosis that Sarah will lose the will to live
Later that afternoon. the ward is extremely busy and the staff nurse you are working with is with another patient. Sarah’s consultant arrives on the ward and tells you that Sarah’s results indicate that she has a terminal illness. The consultant asks you to accompany her to tell the patient the results.
With reference to the scenario provided, discuss the ethical and legal issue(s) that arise and the decision-making process you would use to address these issues. Support your answer with reference to relevant theory and legal case(s).