Ethical Decisions

Ethical Decisions

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Ethical Decisions

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Describe an event in which you made an individual ethical decision. There was a time I was working with the community supporting the elderly at a local home for the aged. It is set up in a way that anyone can go and sign up t offer their services when free because they had a shortage of funds to employ people on a full-time basis. Taking advantage of this situation, some people had signed up but they had totally different ideas other than helping the aged. They were there to coordinate and steal from the facility. For some reason, the people responsible for security at the facility hadn’t noticed this and discovered it while at my routine weekly service. This was by any measure wrong and against any ethical policy despite not being explicitly indicated at the terms of engagement over there. I reported this matter to those responsible. My initial decision was to talk to them about what they were doing. I thought this was going to at least stop them since they might have the thought that they were caught so it wouldn’t make much sense continuing with whatever they were doing. After analysis and thinking through, it was evident that they were going to just find out when I wasn’t going to be around so they can continue with their crimes. I reported the issue to those responsible at the facility and they investigated and forbade them from entering the facility. Resources got to the elserly as they needed it the most.
Describe your ethical values. My ethical values generally are doing the right thing by putting myself in the shoes of those at the receiving end of my action. I ask myself; would I like it? Would I be happy about it? Would I like anyone to do it to me with or without my absence? If the answer to those questions is no, then I try to prevent it from happening either me as the perpetrator or someone else. This extends to taking steps ahead to stop it at the moment and stop it in future. I recognize that things repeat themselves in future and If not made to stop right now, it might scale and become even worse in future. My values impact my decisions in a positive manner. I personally het to benefit by doing the right thing through self-satisfaction and those around me get to benefit by getting to receive the right treatment as they would expect at any point. I believe everyone would like to have the right treatment and be treated the way I would like to be treated personally. I am glad to note that I have personally become a better person and those I interact with are happier with it. It gives me an affirmation that I am doing the right thing and I will keep doing it.
Identify and explain 2 ethical theories. utilitarian – This theory places the locus of weather right or wrong solely based on the outcome of an action taken over the other. This theory takes into account other people and not solely on one person. It tries to accommodate everyone when considering the consequences (Runciman, Merry, & Walton,2017).Deontological– relies on a set of rules to determine weather an action is right or wrong rather than consequences. The series of rules will be used to determined weather the act is ethical or not without considering any other factor that might have led to the action being taken. As much rules get to govern everything in nature, it is not possible to have rules that will govern everything. My future in healthcare will be greatly impacted by this because healthcare has a number of rules that will need to be followed strictly and without sparing any. For this, Deontological theory will play an important role in governing my stay at the health facility. Some things are sometimes not that clear and I will need to analyze the impact before doing them. utilitarian will come in handy for such situations. A combination of the two should get me through any situation that I will face in the healthcare scene avoiding problems and mistakes wherever I can and addressing them efficiently when they accur.
Identify and explain a formal ethical problem-solving methodology. Determine weather the issue is an ethical issue or dilemma. This is meant to have a thorough understanding of the issue at hand. Identify the values and principles involved. This includes the parties to the issue. Rank the values that are most relevant to the issueDevelop a plan that is consistent and that addresses the ethical principles that have been identified to have been violated.Impalement the plant using the most relevant skillReflect on the outcome of the action that were taken to address the ethical issue. This step is to see how it can be improved in future (Hester et al, 2012). [Explain how you could use this formal ethical problem-solving method to positively impact future ethical decisions in health care.]The formal ethical problem-solving steps listed are applicable any profession wherever the is an ethical issue. They are consistent with my personal believes and this is will be the way to go since we are dealing with a professional setting. It will greatly affect the way I solve ethical problems since it is procedural and more agreeable with many people. In the wider field of healthcare, these steps with go a great deal in solving ethical problems.

References

Runciman, B., Merry, A., & Walton, M. (2017). Safety and ethics in healthcare: a guide to getting it right. CRC Press.

Hester, D. M., & Schonfeld, T. (Eds.). (2012). Guidance for healthcare ethics committees. Cambridge University Press.