GreenWeaver-Nursing laws and ethics require that the patients be cared for with the highest degree of dignity. The nurse has to follow the advance directive made by the patient.
A problem arises when the patient reaches an incapacitated state and did not consent to a type of end of life care.
This happened with my father who was in a coma and not likely to recover. He had not previously signed an advance directive so the nurses had to keep my father comfortable until he passed away.
Nursing laws and ethics requires that the nurse could not remove my father from life support unless the one who had power of attorney signed a do not resuscitation form.
Ethics and nursing practice require confidentially regarding the patients condition and only immediate family should be made aware of the patient's condition.