Quote from ThePrincessBride
You may not feel that a code is ethical, but if the PATIENT states in his/her advanced directives that he or she wants to resuscitated, who are you to say otherwise, even if it goes against your personal beliefs?
yes, it'd be highly unethical to disregard a pt's wishes, even if the nurse personally/morally disagrees with it.
afterall, we ARE supposed to be their advocates.
but it becomes much grayer if you know the pt doesn't want to be rescusitated, and a code is called anyways.
this happens all too often as well.
and so, should the nurse have to participate in a code knowing
his/her pt didn't want it?
i don't know the answer, and i could see the nurse being terminated because of it.
but at the end of the day, i could also see the nurse being vindicated in a court of law...
since the nurse was acting beneficently.
we need to choose our battles wisely...
and be prepared for undesired consequences as well.