The Moral Code: Ethics in the Workplace Essay examples

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The Moral Code: Ethics in the Workplace
Self expression is one of the countries founding principles as set forth in the Constitution of the United States. Amendment One of the Constitution states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." (The Constitution, December 1791) Our forefathers understood that this was a broad statement and open for interpretation. As such, they incorporated into the Constitution that each and every person has a right to "…Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
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Since the Chief of Staff was an ethical gentleman, he promptly apologized for the mistreatment and assured her that disciplinary actions would be taken. One week passed when Joan received a call from the Chief of Staff to inform her that all nurses were mandated to attend an ethical seminar that emphasized patient's rights under hospital care. Not only were the nurses attendance required; the two nurses that attended my mother were suspended without pay for two weeks.
There are several situations in the above example where good ethics were demonstrated. According to an article in the Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing titled Rights of patients, the patient has several rights. A patient has the right to "receive quality medical and nursing care at all times, receive compassionate care, be given respectful care, and be given information about the complaint process." (Miracle, 2004) The nurses who cared for her did not treat my mother with compassion, respect or integrity. The nurses berated her and treated her with disgust. Not only did the nurses not abide by the patients bill of rights, they disregarded their professional responsibility as well.
The National Organization for Human Services has a list of guidelines that any person in the human services field must utilize to "uphold the integrity and ethics of their profession." (National Organization, 2006) The treatment given to my mother by the nurses completely

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