The American Nurses Association, ANA Code of ethics state that  nurses have to undertake their duties professionally at all levels with compassion and respective dignity , uniqueness and worth of every individual, and shouldn’t be restricted by personal attributes economic status, or the nature of the health problem (ANA, 2001). This is further elaborated in many of the hospital manuals and guidelines and is meant to prevent any case of unethical behavior, which would result in criminal or civil suits.  Therefore, in the case of Baby Sharon, the nurse administrator should have been informed of the ethical dilemma facing the nurse, and the right of the baby to be treated despite her health complications. Moreover, patients and their significant others have the rights to be involved in the decision making involving their health (Sainipo, Lauri & Eriockson 2001, 97-98). The baby’s mother had correctly asserted her daughter Sharon had the right to emergency treatment, irrespective of the nurse’s personal beliefs on the therapeutic importance of such treatment.

Considering ethics in the nursing practice, virtue ethics portray an emphasis on being rather than doing (Magee 2001, 32-33). This refers to our real identities, which influences our behaviors. Nurses have to act as virtuous human beings by being moral agents in fulfilling their duties as professional people, which does not give any room for personal beliefs regarding complications of the patient; all patients have the right to treatment despite their health conditions.  Any decision making in the nursing profession will thus demand the nurse to have total rational control over their emotions, which is only possible if the nurse possess virtues (Arries, & Cur 2005, 66). Therefore, in the case of baby Sharon, the nurse erred in using their emotions, which makes the hospital vulnerable to legal suits, and threatens the profession of other nurses; the hospital may be perceived to be ignorant of professional morals and ethics as outlined under ANA codes of ethics (2001).