A patient wishes to have a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order to prevent heroic measures in the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest. Which of the following principles is the nurse upholding by supporting this decision?


Autonomy is the right to make your own decisions. The nurse is respecting the patient's wishes by supporting the decision.

•Justice refers to the appropriate and fair distribution of resources.

•Beneficence refers to actions that promote the well-being of others.

•Nonmaleficence is embodied by the phrase "first, do no harm".

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