Beneficence is action that is done for the benefit of others

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Beneficence is action that is done for the benefit of others. Beneficent actions can be taken to help prevent or remove harms or to simply improve the situation of others.    For example, Resuscitating a drowning victim, providing vaccinations for the general population, encouraging a patient to quit smoking and start an exercise program, talking to the community about STD prevention and also can be as simple as holding a patient’s hand during a painful procedure. It can also require more effort such as taking the time to go beyond what is necessary and assure that patients receive appropriate care post discharge. Non-maleficence means to “do no harm.” Physicians must refrain from providing ineffective treatments or acting with malice toward patients.  This principle, however, offers little useful guidance to physicians since many beneficial therapies also have serious risks.  The pertinent ethical issue is whether the benefits outweigh the burdens. For example, if advance directive policies are not in place and are not clearly written, you may be involved in policy development or refinement. If they are in place, you Certainly will be involved in making sure that they are implemented appropriately. This responsibility will include periodic staff education so that staff members are clear about their responsibilities and actions. Non-Maleficence, is closely linked to the principle of Beneficence, but rather than Providing benefits or preventing harm, this principle emphasizes avoiding actions that would cause harm to others. Beneficence norms specify the obligation to take actions that provide benefits, whereas Non- Maleficence norms specify the obligation to not engage in action that would cause harm. One of the most common ethical dilemmas arises in the balancing of beneficence and non-maleficence.  This balance is the one between the benefits and risks of treatment and plays a role in nearly every medical decision such as whether to order a particular...