HUMN 320 – Ethical and Moral Issues This week we started class talking about Mill. He believed that all that matter is the consequences. The action it took to get the outcome was not of importance. We read in article called “Lying to save money on care is still lying”. It is about a nurse practitioner that is worried about a patients' colon and because he is under 40 she knows that his insurance will not cover a colonoscopy for a preventative screening purpose. She told the insurance company that the man had “abdominal pain” and that made the procedure medically necessary for the insurance company to pay for. The man was very angry about the nurse practitioner decision to do this and contacted a lawyer to see their advice. The lawyer agreed with the NP and stated, “She was just trying to help you out”. After reading the article we were asked whether or not this was a “good nurse” or “bad nurse”. At first, I thought that this would be bad nursing because you are falsifying medical records and potentially risking your job. However, through the class discussion I decided this would be a great nurse. Abdominal pain is such a vague symptom and completely harmless to the patient. Also, this nurse practitioner was showing great care towards the patient and their wellbeing. Like the lawyer said, “You don’t need to make a mountain out of it.” This nurse practitioner knows what she is doing, which is putting her patient first. Insurance companies have no care towards the patients’ health they are all about money. Therefore this is an excellent nurse. Another article we read in class last week was called “Young adults left adrift in sea or moral relativity”. This article really shocked me. I was amazed when the asked to name a moral dilemma two thirds of the young people either could not name one or named something that was not moral. We face moral issues all the time and do not realize we are even doing it. People have opinions about topics such a rape, stealing, and cheating but most people thing that these issues are personal when in fact they are moral dilemmas. Next we listened to a…
In order to understand ethics lets define it. “Ethics: an area of study that deals with ideas about what is good and bad behavior: a branch of philosophy dealing with what is morally right or wrong” (http://www.merriam-webster.com/) Trust in chooses individuals make in support of their company or themselves is defined by their character. In today’s companies the thin line between trust in individuals as well…
Ethics add value to a person and in turn, to society. Ethics require a personal code, a set of beliefs and values that help us to make meaningful choices. The key word in this last statement is, “choice.” Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of humanity is the diversity of thought and lifestyle. I believe that ethics and diversity go hand in hand, as each individual has developed their codes based on their personal experiences and backgrounds. It is this fact that I do not believe in one set of ethics…
I. Ethics is the study of the right (good) using reason, analysis, synthesis, and reflection
A) Ethics ≠ morality (just requires that you know someone else’s opinion)
Can explain using reason
B) Universal Rule guiding behavior
Applied to every decision
II. Steps in process
A. Identify proposed action (what is right/wrong?)
B. Identify important dimension of the decision (varies by rules)
C. Decide if the action is ethical
1. Ethical tests…
Ethics in the Work Place
I chose ethics in the workplace because it is a topic that is very important in my opinion, but one that gets overlooked so many times. Each person has their own views and thoughts of what is right and what is wrong and how to deal with them. While you may think that one particular person may not necessarily be right or wrong the law would beg to differ on certain situations. Other times what one considers to be an ethical decision is not always a legal matter, so the line…
enter their own personal account to accumulate other people’s points. Companies have established policies and procedures to make sure that the company is always in benefit and everything is correctly done that the CEO would agree with.
The Code of Ethics of a company is mainly to assist members in making decision while working. Some decision are “wrong” and some are “right” according to the company policy. Within the document, the company’s values and mission statement are woven in between it. Many…
How have you educated your boss, peers, or direct reports about what you are learning in class?
We hold bi-weekly team meetings to ensure cohesive communication. Over the last month, I presented the ethics benchmarks to our team and we discussed how it applied to our organization. The staff became highly engaged in these exercises, as it brought us together to think about how our organization conducts itself in a more ethical manner. The owner of our organization, also present in the meetings, was…
Environmental Ethics: Catholic View
Ethics are values and attitudes that inform the public on what is wrong or right. One of
the global ethical concerns is centers around environment issues. The environment has enticed
concerns from philosophers, religious leaders, ethicist, policymakers, lawyers, environmental
professionals, economists, ecologists, wildlife biologists and conservationist; all who have an
ethical concern about human uses and interaction with their environment. Environmental ethics
Introduction – Notes
In Vol. I Foucault maps out what he sees as the emergence of the modern sexual discourse from the Victorian era on.
Vol. II we will see moves further back to examine what Foucault conceives as an alternative to the Judeo-Christian morality of sex discussed in the Introduction
This alternative takes the form of an ethics of pleasure that Foucault derives from Greek society
Foucault unearths from Greek antiquity a structure for the ethical use of pleasure, hence the title…
self-improvement, and non-maleficence. Non-maleficence is more important than beneficence, and that fidelity, reparation, and gratitude are, in general, more important than beneficence as well.
Immanuel Kant The Moral Law
Ethics are absolute and its duties are categorical. Ethics are based on reason, not emotion. The Good life is a virtue, regardless if it requires sacrifice of pleasure or not. The only moral action to be taken is that which should become universal law.
Garret Hardin The Tragedy…