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How do your individual ethics affect your professional decision making ?

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In healthcare, there are numerous times when our own ethical belief system may be challenged. It is important that no matter what profession a person chooses that they think through the possibilities of ethical dilemmas. An individual's ethical belief system is developed by a number of layers. Growing up person will be attentive to parental, religious, education and peer ethics. These many ethical voices can be dissonant to someone who may have difficulty when caring for people ...

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