Professional Roles and Values Task 2

Professional Roles and Values Task 2


Being in the healthcare field requires the caregiver to put judgement and opinions beside and focus directly on the patient. In the scenario with Mr. Newcomb, I do not agree with his request. However, my job is not to judge someone for their request, instead it is to focus on them to help them get better while giving the best bedside manner as possible. The way in which I would respond to Mr. Newcomb’s request is I would politely tell him that I will not assist him by lying or getting involved in any way. I would also tell the patient that his wishes are his, and not mine to judge but I will not lie to another person because of it.

Beneficence is used in my reply by agreeing that I will not tell Mrs. Newcomb about her husband’s mistress. Beneficence is also being used because I would continue to care for him the same way I was before he made his request. Non-maleficence means to use the least harmful method to achieve the best results. While I did tell Mr. Newcomb that I would not assist him in his plan, I did not tell him he could not still see his mistress. With the response I choose it allows the dying patient to get his wish, but limits my involvement in doing so. Patient autonomy is the right of a patient to decide what they feel is right for them without the caregiver influencing their decision. I believe that since I did not lecture Mr. Newcomb about how wrong his request and actions were that I kept up a positive patient autonomy. Justice involves fairness, and I feel as though I was as fair as my place in the situation could allow me to be. The way in which I am being fair to the patient is by not telling his wife about his mistress (How the Four Principles of Health Care Ethics Improve Patient Care, 2017).

For the most part I did not allow my personal believes nor my values to influence my response to Mr. Newcomb. The only beliefs that I can say that interfered with my response was that I felt that it was not my place to say anything to Mr. Newcomb’s wife, after all it is not my secret to share. A value that affected my response would be that it is not polite to judge someone because you do not always know the situation.

Three strategies to promote self-care are exercising, participating in a hobby, and cleaning. Exercising helps you to get rid of unwanted stress, and is also aids in making your lifestyle healthier. Exercising is not only good for your body, it is also great for your mind. Finding hobbies that you enjoy also helps to promote self-care. Cleaning is also beneficial for self-care. Cleaning helps to unclutter messes in your home, which in return helps you to unclutter your mind. This gives you a soothing peace of mind and makes you feel grateful that you have accomplished something.

Works Cited

How the Four Principles of Health Care Ethics Improve Patient Care. (2017, February 24). Retrieved from