Clinical Ethics: Why We Do What We Do Everyday we go to work, shop for groceries, make dinner, supervise the kids with homework, pay bills, and watch Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? We also do things that we don’t even think twice about, such as gossip, speak unkindly to our family members, and put ourselves first in ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2000
Clinical Ethics: Why We Do What We Do
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Clinical Ethics
Article   |   October 01, 2000
Clinical Ethics: Why We Do What We Do
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2000, Vol. 10, 11-12. doi:10.1044/aas10.3.11
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2000, Vol. 10, 11-12. doi:10.1044/aas10.3.11
Everyday we go to work, shop for groceries, make dinner, supervise the kids with homework, pay bills, and watch Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? We also do things that we don’t even think twice about, such as gossip, speak unkindly to our family members, and put ourselves first in all that we do. We use the word “morality” and “ethics” in our discussions. Morality is something we ponder daily when we evaluate actions of ourselves and others, when we think critically, and when we wonder what others are thinking about us. Ethics is something that we don’t do as an activity, but we may have conversations about. It is a theory of morality. Talk show personalities make millions of dollars providing their advice regarding moral behavior based on personal values, ethnicity, and experience. An example of public morality where everyone has an opinion would be capital punishment. The public also had a lot to say about our President’s indiscretion two summers ago. The opposite of public morality is private morality. A good example of this would be a patient’s right to privacy. At most medical centers, the patient’s chart is either outside their room or by the nurses’ station. Physicians, nurses, clinicians, and others can access it whenever they want. There is no privacy when it comes to medical charts. Of course, the information must be held in confidence, but as we all know, it is there for all to see. The purpose of this article is to make you evaluate what you do and to help you gain a greater understanding of what occurs daily in your decision making. What we do is strongly influenced by what we think and how we think is influenced by what we do.
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