NUR1299 Nursing Practice 3


Ethical Case Study:

CASE:  Mr. K is a 90 year old man with metastatic prostate cancer. He lives alone but is currently hospitalized because of bone pain, and dehydration due to nausea and vomiting. He has been asked to participate in a clinical trial to test a new vaccine for prostate cancer. You were present when the clinical investigator informed Mr. K of the trial when he was first admitted. However, today when you tell him that he will receive his first dose of the new experimental vaccine tomorrow, he looks at you blankly without any expression on his face, and seems not to know what you are talking about.


  1. What questions should the nurse ask M. K to assess his understanding of the vaccination?
  2. What does Mr. K need to understand about the clinical trial for which he has been enrolled?
  3. What ethical principle is involved in this scenario?
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