What ethical principles was the nurse upholding when she refused to allow Mary to use the sunblock?

The last day of school before the summer break was a hot and sunny day, with temperature reaching into the low 90s. The third-grade class teacher elected to give the children extra time to play in the sunshine. Because there were few trees to shade the playground, Mary decided to use the sun block her mother had placed in her backpack before leaving for school that morning. Mary asked her teacher if she could get the sunblock ointment from her backpack and the teacher told Mary to check with the school nurse before applying the sunblock. Mary did as she was requested. The school nurse refused to allow Mary to apply the sun block, noting that Mary’s parents had not completed the medical permission form and that the school treated this type of skin ointment as it did all prescription medications. The nurse took the container of sun black ointment and told Mary to go back outside and play with her classmates, which caused her to incur a sever sunburn on her face, neck, shoulders, and arms. 1.Discuss the scenario from an ethical perspective.What ethical principles was the nurse upholding when she refused to allow Mary to use the sunblock?From an ethical perspective, was there a better ethical resolution to this dilemma?   Share this:TwitterFacebook

 

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