Ethical theories and principles are the foundations of ethical analysis because they are the viewpoints from which guidance can be obtained along the pathway to a decision. Each theory emphasizes different points such as predicting the outcome and following one’s duties to others in order to reach an ethically correct decision. However, in order for an ethical theory to be useful, the theory must be directed towards a common set of goals. Ethical principles are the common goals that each theory tries to achieve in order to be successful. These goals include beneficence, least harm, respect for autonomy and justice.
Discuss the theory, how it originated, and how the principles are used in the theory to achieve the common goal. Describe how you have used this theory in your nursing practice. Please write the theory you are discussing in the title line.
Select one of the following ethical theories: