The distribution of resources is a paradox leading to many ethical dilemmas. Who should have access to limited resources? For example, consider a case where nurses are working with a patient who is in a vegetative state. Should the patient be left on life support? Look at the cost of maintaining patients in this state. These patients are consuming resources that could be used for patients for whom such costly interventions, if available, could save their lives. What is the role of the nurse when a family wants to continue life support for a medically futile family member?
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