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Demonstrate your ability to apply ethics to your future career in a healthcare setting by creating a one-page "credo"—a statement of your professional ethics. This statement should clearly identify your "ethics bottom line" and be suitable for framing. Creativity is encouraged, so be free to express yourself visually as well as in writing.

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Professional Code of Ethics in a healthcare setting:

1) Practice the profession with utmost sincerity, integrity, honesty and accountability by abiding with all the prescribed laws, regulations and ethical standards applicable to the healthcare industry and profession.

2) Avoid indulgence in any kind of fraudulent behavior or practice and unethical decision making and actions during the course of work.

3) Primary commitment of a healthcare professional is to ensure best possible quality of care to the patient for his well being, health and ...

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1. Identify and explain at least three legal considerations.
2. Identify and explain at least three ethical considerations.
3. Identify and explain at least three professional considerations.
4. Identify and explain at least three business and reputational considerations.

You are the Chief Executive Officer at a small non-profit community hospital. In January the area was hit by a large snow storm while you were vacationing in the Bahamas. Many of the hospital staff who provided patient care called out from work on the 3-11 and 11-7 shifts. Despite efforts from the nurse managers to get relief staff, only one nurse agreed to come in. As a result, the patient units were understaffed and health care personnel on day shift were required to remain on their assigned unit until they were relieved from duty.

During the course of this occurrence several patients sustained minor injuries from falls out of bed and one patient was given the incorrect medication, resulting in death. The nurse on duty left the hospital to buy dinner at the corner Wendyâ??s Restaurant.

After one year, the families of these patients sued the hospital on behalf of their deceased relatives, and you are one of the parties mentioned in the suit. The hospital refused liability, stating that: the patients who sustained a fall were awake, oriented and experienced no limitation in mobility; the patient who was given the incorrect medication died not from staff negligence, but from an unidentified allergic reaction to a food substance and had no history of allergies.

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