#7137
Erin
Member

Prior to composing an answer, I consulted the CNO practice standard on Ethics. As per the CNO:
“Client choice means self-determination and includes the right to the information necessary to make
choices and to consent to or refuse care. Clients know the context in which they live and their own
beliefs and values. As a result, when they have the necessary information, they can decide what is best
for themselves.”
I fully endorse body autonomy and support the right to informed decisions. Ultimately, as nurses we must support and respect the clients right to make that decision. I was taught that nurses must remain neutral and not voice personal opinions. I feel it is total hypocrisy for a governing body to mandate any procedure involving my body. No governing body has any right to my body. An employer who requires medical disclosure would not be compatible with my personal beliefs and values. I have considered leaving this profession completely for this reason.