This post is for all you RNs and social workers out there. We as a company offer continuing education courses (CE credits) at various hospitals to RN’s and social workers. The content of these presentations vary, but we find the information to be very useful for anyone in the healthcare field. Today we want to talk a little bit amount one of our new offerings.
Ethics. Anyone who has any human interaction whatsoever will deal with some sort of ethical dilemma. It could be something as simple as, should I hold the door for someone? Often people define ethics as, something their feelings tell them is right or wrong, or following a standard of behavior that society accepts. What does ethics mean to you?
It is hard to imagine, but ethics actually has nothing to do with your feelings or what you think is right or wrong. The definition of ethics, refers to well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness or specific virtues. It is sometimes considered interchangeable with morality. If you ask me, that doesn’t seem to clear anything up about what ethics really is.
So if you are scratching your head a bit, I know I am, we are here to help. We have a presentation that will clearly define what ethical behavior is and, knowing that, how do you understand and solve difficult situations like, disagreements between family members of patients, advanced directives, durable medical power of attorney, insurance companies and so on. So, what do you know about healthcare ethics? If you would like more information about ethics in healthcare or if you would like us to come out to your hospital or facility to give this continuing education credit presentation just let us know! Have a great weekend.
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