Analysis Of The Article ' The Foundation Of Integrity ' Essay

813 Words Oct 18th, 2016 4 Pages
Life is difficult. It holds many moments of uncertainty instead of clarity. The field of dental hygiene is no exception to life’s uncertainty. There will be times when you have to figure out if you can actually treat a patient of not, or if you can treat the patient, what course of action will you take to treat them. Is it better to pull the tooth, or is it better to do a root canal? However, knowing that life puts you in complicated situations on a regular basis can help you to prepare. In the article “The Foundation of Integrity” by Phylis L. Beemsterboer and Gary Chiodo, pointers are given to help a clinician work through situations. To Beemsterboer and Chiodo, integrity is one of the most important characteristics to have. To have integrity is to have “an ethical stance that causes individuals to adhere to their own values” ( Beemster and Chiodo). If you have integrity, then you have a decent bearing on what you believe to be right or wrong ethically, which can help you to work through tough situations. Furthermore, Beemsterboer and Chiodo help to explain the different ethical theories that are involved with integrity. There are three of these theories and they are: consequentialism (utilitarianism), deontology (nonconsequentialism), and virtue ethics. Generally people tend to sway to one theory over another, but no one solely uses just one theory. When making ethical decisions, usually a combination of theories are used which only helps to strengthen a person and…

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