... this is what we promise; this is what is clearly stated again and again in the bold outlined print of all my course materials. The general understanding; however, says otherwise... it's met with a wink wink and a nudge nudge.
"the best interest of the patient"... the problem is that some medical professionals feel they know what is better for the patient then the patient or their family. A lot like our current Big Government. Patients are intentionally left in the dark about treatments and given false information about their conditions. Why? Their insurance won't cover the procedure, it's not cost effective, the patient may be old, or young, or already have a certain of number children. I could go on, but the basic nonverbal understanding is ... what you don't know won't hurt you. It may kill you, but ignorance is bliss right.
Don't worry, medical personnel aren't immune either. We are told that we are not allowed to perform tasks outside our training, our legal limits, or against our moral and religious conscience.
This isn't always the case, just ask Nurse DeCarlo.
This aggressive elitism against those with religious and moral views is a dangerous mentality to have... especially in the medical profession. No one is protected from harm in that instance.