November 19, 2012
Shawna Butler RN JD CPHRM
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems, and other healthcare organizations. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research. ACHE is known for its education programs. ACHE established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education, and career development at the local level. The goal of the ...view middle of the document...
Ethics refer to your personal standards of right and wrong. Ethics do not change as you move from one society to the next (Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia, 2011). People often have a hard time distinguishing between morals and ethics. I believe it can be a very grey area of distinction. The decisions you make are heavily dependent on the type of environment for which he or she was raised up. You should always stride to do what is morally and ethically right.
I was introduced to the four ethical principles autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice, which serve as a guide in helping health care executives deal with ethical issues. Autonomy requires that the patient have autonomy of thought, intention, and action when making decision regarding health care procedures. The patient decision-making process must be clear of coercion or coaxing. Beneficence requires that the procedure be provided with the intent of doing well for the patient involved. Health care providers must develop and maintain skills and knowledge consider individual circumstances of all patients and strive for net benefit. Non-maleficence requires that a procedure does not harm the patient involved or others. In society, Justice is the idea that the burdens and benefits of new or experimental treatments must be distributed equally among all groups in society. Procedures must uphold existing laws and are fair to all players involved. The health care provider must consider four main areas when evaluating justice: fair distribution of scarce resources, completing needs, rights, and obligations, and potential conflicts with established legislation (Stanford, n.d.). I could apply case scenarios to each of the four ethical principles. For instance, doctors are frequently faced...