Prepare: Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, review the Week 2 required resources that focus on ethics and morals. This will assist you in examining your own development of ethical and moral responsibilities.
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Read the articles:
Reflect: Take a deeper look at your own life and determine which experiences have inspired ethical and moral reasoning. Were there any huge influences in this process?
Write: For this discussion you will address the following prompts:
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length, which should include a thorough response to each prompt. You are required to provide in-text citations of applicable required reading materials and/or any other outside sources you use to support your claims. Provide full reference entries of all sources cited at the end of your response. Please use correct APA format when writing in-text citations (see In-Text Citation Helper) and references (see Formatting Your References List).
Respond to Peers: Review your classmates’ posts, and respond to at least two of your peers by Day 7. In each response, provide comments that prompt further critical thinking and insight on your classmate’s perspective on ethical values as they relate to their personal, academic, and professional lives. Each participation post should be a mi
Aug 11, 2021 at 6:34 AM
Discussion 2: Ethics
Explain what it means to be ethical as it relates to personal, academic, and professional growth.
To be ethical means to know the difference between right and wrong and to act accordingly. Doing the right thing should not change your personal, academic, or professional lives as it is fundamentally a part of everything we do. It is that little voice inside you that guides your decision and actions. It encompasses your morals, beliefs, and values and is demonstrated by your actions. Sometimes being ethical is not easy; it can be unpleasant and frankly inconvenient. It can put you in a stressful situation, forcing yourself, those you love, and colleagues you work with to be accountable. However, doing the right thing is always the right thing to do.
Provide at least one ethical dilemma you have encountered and describe how the issue was resolved.
There are times in life that being ethical can be as simple as obeying the rules at work, such as wearing a mask. The rules say wear a mask universally, which means everyone wears a mask. There is no heartache in following the rule in telling someone to wear a mask. Other times being ethical can cause professional relationships to splinter and result in less than desirable consequences.
Recently I was involved in the credentialing of a new physician joining the hospital. This new physician would be a member of a group that shares weekend call with the cardiovascular group I manage. Some red flags came upon the application indicating he was not truthful in some of his application responses. After speaking with his program directors and interviewing the applicant, it was confirmed he indeed had lied on his application and was less than truthful in his interview. However, during this discovery period, the physicians of the group he was joining indicated that if we did not approve his application, they would no longer share the call responsibility with our group. It was stated that his misrepresentation was minor, and I should be a team player. Ethically, I had to recommend not to admit a provider who lied on his application and in his interview. Regardless that the lie could be considered minor (HIPAA violation), it is still wrong. We all make mistakes and should be accountable when asked about them. Ethically, I had to do the right thing even though it would negatively impact the physicians I manage. It would have been easy just to approve and make excuses for his misrepresentations so that the call group would stay intact. The right thing was not easy, causing difficult conversations that impacted relationships I spent years building. Nevertheless, after the dust settled, the managing partner came to me and thanked me for making the tough decision. They admired that I felt ethically bound to protect the hospital and their group from a physician who was not ethical themselves, even at the expense of my group.
Describe how your general education courses have influenced your ethical values.
Education, in general, including college, provides enrichment that can influence your morals, values, and beliefs. Critical thinking is powerful and understanding the tools at your disposal coupled with the experiences of your peers sets a foundation that can enhance your fundamental ethical values or spur an investigation into alternatives. Becoming a life-long learner gives you permission to expand your knowledge, question your beliefs, and apply what you learn to your personal, academic, and professional lives. Education helps you find your voice and teaches you to apply research to practice to develop opinions based on facts. Returning to college thirty years after the first go-around allowed me to reexamine my beliefs, whether they were based on fact or fiction, and reintroduced how critical thinking shapes our ethical values. Ultimately my education at UAGC has re-engaged my interest in society, enhanced how I communicate personally and professionally, and taught me to question my beliefs against what is considered the norm in today’s society.
Aug 11, 2021 at 10:31 AM
Week 2- Discussion 2
Being an ethical person means not to lie or cheat. It means you are an honest, responsible, and trustworthy person who respects the rules of life and the workplace.
“It is in this sense that duty or responsibility becomes the key concept of modern ethics” (Gong & Zhang, 2010, Pg. 257). When thinking about your ethical ways, it’s how you use it in your day-to-day with all your responsibilities.
When I think of being ethical personally, you should be a trusting person/friend/spouse.
When it comes to academics, you shouldn’t cheat or lie about work you’ve done or not done. It would be best not to plagiarize when writing papers or cheat off other classmates or the internet.
For professional growth, cheating, lying, and not being trustworthy can guarantee a loss of position.
About six years ago, I was an assistant director at a childcare facility, and my boss and I noticed some money missing from the books, a minimal amount, but it seems odd. We ended up finding out our accountant had been stealing from the company for the last year, small amounts at a time. Of course, stealing from a company was horrible, and nothing we ever thought would happen from this person. From this, I learned to check all aspects of money and not trust people so much. It was a rude awakening. I am very trusting and never thought this person or anyone would ever steal from our terrific boss. The person had to go from this, and later we found out she had been stealing from many of her other clients and was subsequently arrested and taken to jail.
My general education courses prepared me to turn papers in on time, be on time for classes, and show up for all my classes. These ethical values are essential for both life and going to school because to get anywhere in life; you have to have a good work ethic and a positive attitude. I believe my experience in life has helped to form my moral values. However, I am thankful for my general education courses’ core values, like paper prep and building blocks for my future classes, including critical thinking and research abilities.
Gong, Q., & Zhang, L. (2010). Virtue ethics and modern society–A response to the thesis of the modern predicament of virtue ethics. Frontiers of Philosophy in China, 5(2), 255-265. doi:10.1007/s11466-010-0014-5
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