Ethical Issues in Public Health

Ethical Issues in Public Health

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Ethical Issues in Public Health

Nursing Home Case

Kevin was a case manager for a nursing home located 30 miles from his home. Kevin was a recent graduate from a local university, where he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology. Being a recent graduate, Kevin discovered that it was not easy to find a job, especially a job in his field; so he was extremely excited about his recent position working in a nursing home with the elderly.
Kevin was responsible for dispensing medicine, documenting conflicts or challenges among the residents, developing cognitive and physical activities for the residents and documenting their progress. Kevin would be one of two case managers on staff during a shift and he and his co-worker would have bi-monthly meetings with the residents’ nurse, nurse R, who worked off site.
Over the span of two months, Kevin noticed several of the residents’ medication orders had drastically changed making it almost impossible to keep up with the inventory, and nurse R was in everyday for two weeks in a row. Concerned, Kevin brought these issues to nurse R. She mentioned that some of the residents presented with other conditions that prompted the medication changes. Content with her response, Kevin continued with his job.
One night, Kevin had to exchange shifts with a co-worker and he worked later than usual. While preparing the activities for the residents, Kevin heard rustling in the office. When he went to investigate, he noticed nurse R in the office removing resident medication and placing them into her purse. In shock, Kevin returned to the recreation area and told his co-worker. The co-worker was aware of the situation and informed Kevin that nurse R had been selling the medication to others for the past two months now and she would be able to “cut him in” if he needed the money.
Not sure how to proceed, Kevin decided to work the later shift the following night and record nurse R’s actions with his cell phone camera. The following week, Kevin took his recordings to his supervisor. Nurse R was immediately fired, arrested and the company became the lead story on the local news for several weeks. In the weeks that followed, several family members of the residents filed lawsuits against the nursing home.

Sample Paper

Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to analyze a scenario related to ethical issues in public health. Findings: Public health involves ethics that define a person’s rights to privacy and freedom from harmful medical procedures that can conflict with the public health rights of the community. Risk factors in public health can lead to adverse ethical-based issues. Ethical issues like stealing medication and medical equipment from a public health Centre is a punishable unlawful act. Healthcare providers should report and control such situations before they progress further.

Conclusion: Nurses should show and apply quality health standards in public health via an impractical commitment to patients’ quality of life.

Assignment Public Health

Introduction

Public health involves ethics that define a person’s rights to privacy and freedom from harmful medical procedures that can conflict with the public health rights of the community (Loewenson et al., 2020). Public health ethics safeguard its people from harmful health problems. This paper seeks to analyze a scenario related to ethical issues in public health where ethical implications are revealed.

Analyzing a Scenario Related To Ethical Issues in Public Health

A significant risk factor indicated in the case study is the possibility of decline in health status for the elderly since they require daily medications to sustain a stable health status for them. This can cause conflicts among the medical staff and the families of the elderly patients at the nursing home. The rationale for resolving this issue is first to assess the magnitude of the damage to the patient’s health progress and then formulate an effective action plan to generate a solution. An action plan to resolve the issue is to ensure that the newly appointed medical staff is held accountable for their actions and promote a safe work environment by making Kevin the supervisor in charge (Panch et al., 2019, p.14).

The legal issue indicated is the limitation of access to medication for the elderly patients by Nurse R. Stealing medication and medical equipment from a public health Centre is a punishable unlawful act. The hospital administration assisted in the legal issue as the resident nurse and the case manager working along with Kevin managed to report and control the situation before it progressed further (Slettebø et al., 2018, 645-653). Kevin executed the action plan to resolve the issue of the missing patient medication. He discovered that nurse R’s stealing of medication was carried out in conjunction with his co-worker. Kevin reported the nurse who immediately fired, and area residents filed a lawsuit.

My reaction to the scenario is that Kelvin used his management skills well as a leader. This is because if nurse R continued with his trend of stealing the facility’s medicines meant for patients, issues would later arise affecting the patient’s care provision. Kevin decided to work later on the night shift, and recording nurse R’s actions provided good evidence of nurse R as a corrupt nurse without good ethics. Nurses should be good examples to others, demonstrating how they care for their patients, not acting like nurse R in this case.

                                                                  Conclusions

Public health involves ethics that define a person’s rights to privacy and freedom from harmful medical procedures that can conflict with the public health rights of the community. Public health ethics safeguard its people from harmful health problems. Nurses showing and applying quality health standards in public health require an impractical commitment to patients’ quality of life. Ethics in public health also involves advancing health care services and best international practices.

References

Loewenson, R., Accoe, K., Bajpai, N., Buse, K., Abi Deivanayagam, T., London, L. & van Rensburg, A. J. (2020). Reclaiming comprehensive public health. BMJ global health5(9), e003886. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2020-003886

Panch, T., Pearson-Stuttard, J., Greaves, F., & Atun, R. (2019). Artificial intelligence: opportunities and risks for public health. The Lancet Digital Health1(1), e13-e14 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landig/article/PIIS2589-7500(19)30002-0/fulltext.

Slettebø, Å. Skaar, R., Brodtkorb, K., & Skisland, A. (2018). Conflicting rationales: leaders experienced ethical challenges in community health care for older people. Scandinavian journal of caring sciences32(2), 645-653. Retrieved from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/scs.12490