1 Ethical Self-Assessment Alberto Fernandez HCS/545 September 21, 2015 Professor Debbie Laughon
2 Ethical Self-Assessment In the health care field, there are many difficult decisions that must be made. These decisions affect clinical matters, financial matters, patient experience and public opinion. Health care managers have a responsibility to make these ethical decisions and abide by health care laws. Laws and ethical standards may coincide or reinforce each other or may conflict with one another. When ethical standards conflict, you must make an ethical decision based on your values. Ethical decisions help people make difficult choices when faced with a dilemma, a situation in which there is no clear right or wrong answer. In order to make these decisions, you must complete a self-assessment to establish your own values and principles. These values must also coincide with your establishment, local laws, your personal beliefs, and standards of ethics. "Health care managers must also be careful to adhere to the many and complex laws governing health care. One cannot rely on laws alone when making decisions because laws may not be ethical." (Peer & Rakich, 1999). In the self-assessment that I completed on the ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives), I gained a significant amount of insight on my personal ethics and my decision making. The self-assessment highlighted my strengths as well as my weaknesses. I learned that I need to be more assertive and confident in my decisions. My decisions as a healthcare administrator will have a huge impact on the patient, organization and colleagues. I also learned that I have very strong feelings toward patient advocacy.
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