Essay Ethics Case Study

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Ethics Case Study
Ronda Butman
University of Phoenix
Health Care Ethics and Social Responsibility
HCS 335
November 26, 2010

Ethics Case Study In today’s health care culture some individuals are presented to undertake unlawful medical actions based on personal guidance; however, ethical and legal issues effect one’s actions if he or she is not qualified to make such decisions. The case of Jerry McCall is an example of such a scenario in today’s health care environment. Although Jerry is trained as a medical assistant and a licensed practical nurse (LPN), this does not give him the authority to prescribe any form of medication to any person for any reason. The scope of Jerry’s training will allow him to take
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Even though Jerry might think this is in the scope of his job description, his boss (Williams) could be liable if fraud was committed, and damage was done to the patient (Davant, 2002). Jerry took an oath and passed a state board test to become a licensed piratical nurse, and when he decided to work with Dr. Williams these ethical and obligatory applications fall into place. Professional nurses are responsible to practice within his/her scope of licensed authority, calling upon his or her knowledge and skills to make decisions in the best interest of the patient. According to Registered nurse Moore (2010), professional nursing is based on selflessness, integrity, accountability, and social justice. Judgments and practice based with those ethical values will always be in the best interest of the patient, no matter what the professional level. According to Moore (2010), her definition of altruism is individuals which have the ethical obligation to serve others without self-interest. The nurse who comes from an altruistic place will make decisions that are in the best interest of the patient. He or she is a patient advocate. Jerry knows the scope of his license and should he choose to make the call to the pharmacy, he will put all involved at risk for legal ramifications. Jerry does not have any protection from the law if Dr. William’s patient is given the refill of Valium

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