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1 Ethical Self-Assessment Paper Jessica Smith HCS / 545 September 4, 2017 Dr. Judith Kaplan
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2 Ethical Self- Assessment Paper Decisions are made daily. The results of these decisions affect the person making the decision, and frequently other people. In the healthcare industry, this concept is the same, and the decision making made by the administrators is very important. The administrators must maintain ethical standards of decision making most importantly because their decisions affect themselves, the organization, employees, and the community it serves. An analysis by the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) is available to help determine the level of which they can comply with ethical decisions. This paper will identify and discuss the four major ethical principles. The paper will discuss my own ethical decision-making process and what I have learned from the ACHE self-assessment. The paper will examine the effects of professional ACHE standards on my ethical decision-making process, and how my individual ethics influence my decision making process. Lastly, the paper will discuss the influences of individual ethics on professional decision-making, and analyze the relationship of these principles to current healthcare issues. Four Major Ethical Principles According to Vermont Ethics Network, “Ethics, at its simplest, is a set of moral principles, beliefs, and values that guide us in making choices about medical care,” (2011). In the healthcare industry ethics is always a concern over healthcare delivery, application of new techniques, research, the way data is handled, and professional integrity. The four main principles define the ethical duties that healthcare professionals owe to patients (Vermont Ethics Network, 2011). The principles are autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice. Each of these principles, in theory, are considered to be in effect at all times with equal weight or importance (Vermont Ethics Network, 2011). According to Saint Joseph’s University, “The basic
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3 definitions of each of the four principles of healthcare ethics are commonly known and used
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