Approaches to Ethical Dilemmas

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Approaching Ethical Dilemmas Zachary Robertson BSHS/335 November 2, 2015 Anjali Soni Approaches to Ethical Dilemmas The human service field encompasses a variety of societal issues, where the professionals are educated and trained to treat their clients with respect. They conduct their work according to the ethical standards suited for their accompanying agency, which is necessary due to the sensitive nature of social work. The majority of the cases social workers handle stem from individuals who have trouble caring for themselves and or the loved ones around them, so they seek assistance to deal with the particular issues they face. Going forward, we will examine the case of Shandra, a senior in her final semester of the Health Information Management (HIM) program. She has accepted a position as part of her Professional Practice Experience at St. James Medical Center in the HIM department, where her
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fiancé is the Assistant Director of Respiratory Therapy at the same hospital. The conflict of interest this situation imposes on the professionals is the first red flag of this case study. We later learn that there was a rumor going around the medical center that the Director of Respiratory Therapy had developed a malignant condition in the brain. Shandra's fiancé is next in line for this position, so she took it upon herself to pull up the director's health chart and found out that the rumors were right, a blatant violation of the ethical standards set by the American Health Information Management Association. Throughout this
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