October 1, 2022
We always hear the term ethical principles ⏤ but did Nurses and Physicians forget what they are and the oath they swore to uphold them? Furthermore, would the patients or community know if they were in breach of them?
From the onset of our government’s declaration of the National Emergency Act and the subsequent novel policy and protocol changes handed down to the medical community in the name of COVID, I began to question the novel mandates being forced upon our society. At this time, it had already spread to 47 states.
And so the propaganda began. It started with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) campaign, “Two Weeks to Slow the Spread,” to encourage people to stay home, close their businesses, and stop all elective surgeries. We were told that all together, “We Can Do This.” Do what I thought? We have never shut down the world before? People aren’t dying in the streets? We’re not pulling dead bodies out of the homes? What exactly are we trying to do?
HHS states, “The We Can Do This Campaign uses a science-based approach to motivate behavior change, evolving messages based on the latest scientific information and research. Messages are specially designed to reach diverse populations that are most likely to take action to protect their health and those disproportionately affected by COVID”.
They also detail their goal:
“The Campaign is designed to reach 90% of the American adult population at least once per quarter. On average, they would be reached at least 10 times.
The Campaign’s paid media activities focus on three strategies:
Slow the Spread — Provides general audiences with actions they can take while waiting for a vaccine to protect themselves, family members, and their community, as well as tailored messaging to those who are disproportionately affected.
Building Vaccine Confidence — Uses public education to build confidence about the COVID vaccines, so people are ready to get vaccinated or boosted when it is time.
Protecting the Nation — Provides general audiences with information about vaccine development, safety, and effectiveness, including answers to common questions.
Would Americans have complied if they knew that the whole purpose of these strategies was designed around creating a vaccine instead of actively trying to treat people who were sick or at risk? There wasn’t any mass public service announcement on ways to boost your immune system by increasing Vitamin D levels or decreasing inflammatory foods like sugar. In fact, we were instructed to do the complete opposite. We were told to stay indoors and wear a mask outside while 6-foot distancing, effectively shutting down all outdoor activities. Remember when playground equipment was wrapped with yellow caution signs? Uber Eats replaced farmer markets? What about the fear created by repeated propaganda messaging waiting for the experimental vaccine, the holy grail, as our savior from the isolation of family and friends? All of this had a detrimental response on our immune systems, and the medical industry knew this! How could they not?
If we had only adhered to the best available science, which is Evidenced Based Practice, to guide our decisions, the effects wouldn’t have been so catastrophic. 4 main principles are part of the nursing code of ethics. In short, they are,
1 – Autonomy – is recognizing the patient’s right to self-determination and decision-making. The nurse’s duty is to ensure that patients receive all medical information, education, and options in order to choose the option that is best for them. This includes all potential risks, benefits, and complications to make well-informed decisions.
Once they have all the relevant information, the medical and nursing team can make a plan of care in compliance with the medical wishes of the patient. A nurse’s duty and ethical obligation are to the patient first and foremost. If the medical team does not agree with the patient’s decision, it is the nurse’s duty to advocate for the patient, despite their disagreement.
2 – Beneficence – “actions guided by compassion.” Simply stated, compassion involves empathy or genuine concern for patients while waiting to take steps to alleviate a patient’s need or suffering.
According to The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, healthcare professionals who provide compassionate or humanistic care typically exhibit the following seven attributes:
Integrity: the congruence between expressed values and behavior
Excellence: clinical expertise
Compassion: once again, this is the awareness and acknowledgment of the suffering of another and the desire to relieve it
Altruism: the capacity to put the needs and interests of another before your own
Respect: the regard for the autonomy and values of another person
Empathy: the ability to put oneself in another’s situation, e.g., nurse as patient
Service: the sharing of one’s talent, time, and resources with those in need; giving beyond what is required.
3 – Justice – regardless of the individual’s financial abilities, race, religion, gender, and/or sexual orientation (vaccination status), there should always be a fair distribution of resources and provision of individuals’ equal treatment and care.
4 – Non-maleficence – the most well-known of all the principles is “Do No Harm.” More specifically, it is selecting interventions and care that will cause the least amount of harm to achieve a beneficial outcome. The principle of nonmaleficence ensures the safety of the patient and community in all aspects of healthcare delivery. Nurses are also responsible for reporting treatment options that are causing significant harm to a patient, which may include vaccine adverse events.
An excerpt taken from The Nuremberg Code states:
The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have the legal capacity to give consent; should be situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior forms of constraint or coercion, and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision.
In this episode, Kimberly Overton, BSN RN, founder of the Nurse Freedom Network, and I break down the ethical principles with examples of how each and every one of them were violated. We discuss how the abandonment of these principles allowed the government to weaponize the healthcare system to further its agenda of a needle in every arm despite early data reporting the vaccine was failing, or as the government liked to call it, “Breakthrough Infection.” Hence the booster every 6 months.