Running head: Ethics1Ethics Issue – Unit 1Tracy Wright Herzing Unitversity
Ethics Issue Unit 12A physician assistant in a medical practice with several physicians contacts his professional association, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), to report that one of his employing physicians often recommends chiropractic treatment for patients with persistent back pain issues that have resisted medical solutions. The PA knows it is legal to refer a patient for chiropractic treatments, but he adamantly opposes the practice, considering it “bogus medicine.” The physician declines to discuss the matter.Discussion Questions1.If a Physician’s Assistant (PA) has a problem with a physician within his organization referring patients to a chiropractor, he is within his right to report the “incident” but alsohas to be accepting of the AAPA’s decision to do nothing about the referral. Even if the PA considers referral to a chiropractor to be “bogus medicine”, that is his opinion and not grounds for legal or ethical resolution from the AAPA.2.It is ethical but may not be wise for the PA to continue employment within an office in which he does not agree with the referral system. Since the act of referring a patient to a chiropractor is not unethical, it is not an ethical matter.Ethics ISSUE 2:A registered nurse calls her professional organization's ethics consultant to ask for resources she can present to her employing medical clinic to support her intention to quit working with a physician she feels is providing sloppy and possibly dangerous care.Discussion Questions1.The most important thing for a registered nurse to do when considering to announce her intentions to work with a specific physician due to possible ethics violations is make sure she has her facts straight. It is important, when reporting someone of an ethics violation, to make sure the accusation is accurate as it may result in expulsion from the organization or even a loss of license or prosecution for the offending physician.2.If the nurse is correct about the physician providing sloppy care and possibly dangerous care, there can be several different types of legal ramifications. Some of those ramifications could be:a.Expulsion from the organizationb.Loss of licensec.Lawsuit for malpractice
Ethics Issue Unit 13Ethics ISSUE 4:Family members of a certified medical assistant (CMA) (AAMA) employed by a medical clinic in a small community often ask the CMA for medical advice. Two of her family members have asked her to bring antibiotic samples home for them.Discussion Question1.In my opinion, it would be unethical for the CMA to both give medical advice and to provide medication samples for family members. The most a family member (CMA, MMA, PA, RN, physician, etc…) should do is refer their family to contact a doctor or call 911.