Provide an example of one occupation or profession that you feel is underpaid in our society and one that you feel is overpaid. Explain your reasons for selecting your examples by applying ethical theory and/or reasoning. How could this injustice be corrected?
Nurses and patient care associates are grossly under paid for the work that they do. Nurses and PCT’s are front line soldiers in the ongoing battle, that is a hospital setting. These careers involve long shifts, usually with no break to even use a rest room. They take abuse from patients, physically, emotionally, and mentally. They cover for physicians who are not timely evaluating treatment of patients, entering orders for things like pain medication. The dedicate their lives away from their families for the treatment and care of complete strangers, and often, thanklessly. The theory ethics of care described the individual who provide care to those who are dependent on them or vulnerable (Thiroux & Krasemann, 2015). This theory directly describes the day to day patient interactions from nursing and patient care associates. Nurses make roughly sixty thousand a year, to start and PCT’s make less than forty thousand a year to start. The clinical care personally who is keeping our friend or family member alive when they code, listening to their symptoms and checking their vitals every few hours, adjusting their position in their bed to ensure their comfort, being spit on by the drunk man the police just dumped off, holding a crying mother whose son just died in a motor vehicle crash, all while having not had a sip of water in ten hours and while having to hold in the own need to use to bathroom to the point of nausea.
On the other side of the front-line staff are the hospital administrators and senior management to hospital personnel. These men and women that work behind their cherry wood desks, with their oversized leather chairs, each with their own personal espresso machines, and a secretary to press the brew buttons for them; these are the “suits,” as we refer to them in my hospital, who make the changes to our staffing ratio’s to cut cost, take to the police from our emergency room and hire five inexperienced security guards to cover more shifts as a tradeoff, risking the safety of the nurses and PCT’s, the people who change the procedure and functionality of our units, never having even observed how we function and why, and the people who get their bonus every holiday as a part of their contact, while the clinical team received a cheap pin to add to their name badge and a free lunch in the cafeteria, if they ever have time to actually take a lunch. The CEO, President, Vice President, and Risk manager of the hospital, whose salaries together are one million dollars, are overpaid to a point of gluttony. Ethical egoism, motivated by their own self-interest, is the best descriptive theory for administrative personne (Thiroux & Krasemann, 2015). The bottom line raises their bonus, patients become numbers instead of people, discharge from the hospital an incentivized task, so who really cares if the patient has returned to baseline, lets get them to rehab. The agenda is all for profit, and the profit margin large enough to complete their six-figure year with a month in Puta Cana, responding from emails next to a pool.
For America, there is no end in sight. The solution to these pathetic salary challenges would be standardized health care, like what is offered in some other countries, such as Canada. All people have the right to the same benefits and same level of care, without question. This slows the process of obtaining life saving testing such as Cat Scans, MRI’s, and Pet Scans, and makes it difficult to get a quick appointment with a physician, because there are so many people who have the availability and the physicians are more limited.
Thiroux, J. R., & Krasemann, K. W. (2015). Ethics: theory and practice. Retrieved January 9, 2020, from https://purdueuniversityglobal.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781323130162/cfi/6/10!/4/12/4/4/2/2/2@0:77.7https://purdueuniversityglobal.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781323130162/cfi/6/10!/4/12/4/4/2/2/2@0:77.7.