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Virtue Ethics EssayRespond to one of the following three “news clippings” related to virtue ethics.  Write a 2 page essay addressing the discussion questions posed for the one you selected.  Be sure to clearly identify the news clipping you selected.#1 Wrong Operation Doctor (ethics and integrity) Hospitals find it hard to protect patients from wrong-site surgery. Last year a jury returned a $20 million negligence verdict against Arkansas Children’s Hospital for surgery performed on the wrong side of the brain of a 15-year-old boy who was left psychotic and severely brain damaged. Testimony showed that the error was not disclosed to his parents for more than a year. The hospital issued a statement saying it deeply regretted the error and had “redoubled our efforts to prevent” a recurrence. So, what happened? “Health care has far too little accountability for results … . All the pressures are on the side of production; that’s how you get paid,” said Peter Pronovost, a prominent safety expert and medical director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care. He added that increased pressure to quickly turn over operating rooms has trumped patient safety, increasing the chance of error. Kenneth W. Kizer, who coined the term “never event” nearly a decade ago when he headed the National Quality Forum, a leading patient safety organization, said he believes reducing the number of errors will require tougher reporting rules and increased transparency.  

Assignment Discussion Questions

1. Discuss the issues of integrity in this case.

2. Should criminal charges be considered in this case, if accurately reported? Discuss your answer. 

3. Why did you choose to respond to this story?

4. How is integrity displayed in your clinical setting?

#2 Cheney’s Staff Cuts Testimony on Warming (Health care, Politics, and Trust) The players and the politicians: Dick Cheney former Vice President of the United States, Jason K. Burnett former EPA deputy associate administrator, and Julie L. Gerberding, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Jason K. Burnett, former EPA deputy associate administrator, said In a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), that last October an official from Cheney’s office ordered six pages to be edited out of the testimony of Julie L. Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gerberding had planned to say that the “CDC considers climate change a serious public health concern.” 

Assignment Discussion Questions

1. Discuss how headlines such as this affect your opinion of politicians.

2. At the end of our days, the most basic principles of life–trust and survival–are on trial. What is your verdict, if you believe there was a cover-up?.

3. Why did you choose to respond to this story?

4. How are government and political trust displayed in your clinical setting?

#3 Surgeon Uses Ministry in Medical Practice (Health care and religion) DALLAS–At 83, Carl Smith faced quadruple bypass surgery and the real possibility that he might not survive. Within hours on this spring morning, Dr. Daniel Pool would temporarily bring Smith’s heart to a stop in an attempt to circumvent its blocked passages. And to help his patient confront the uncertainty, Pool did something unusual in his profession: He prayed with him. The power of healing: Medicine and religion have had their day, and they haven’t always been able to coexist. But as today’s medical treatment becomes more holistic, doctors are increasingly taking spirituality into account.

Assignment Discussion Questions

1. Discuss the pressure, if any, placed on the patient to responding to the suggestion of prayer prior to surgery.

2. Describe how you, as the surgeon, or nurse, would address a patient’s religious or spiritual needs if the risks of a complex surgical procedure appear to be threatening.

3. Why did you choose to respond to this story?

4. How is religion or faith displayed in your clinical setting?Hide