Businesses should have systems where ethical behavior is addressed as part of the employee’s annual review, during staff meetings & education. Repercussions of unethical behavior should be clearly stated to employees. This way, both the person doing the activity, & the possible witnesses to the activity will be well aware of the way that things are dealt with. Businesses who place a large emphasize ethics, establish & ethical culture & climate (Ruiz, Rodrigo, & Diaz, 2015). I agree with you that Stephanie needs more training; however she needs more than scope of practice training, she also needs ethical training. You brought up a point in your response to Meghan that she most likely did this before. I have to wonder if he did this before, was it ignore from another employee or provider because she had worked there for so long. I wonder if she was given allowances in other areas because of her experience. Many practices can get very busy. She may have thought she was just helping & doing nothing unethical. I do not however; think not knowing something is an excuse for something so unethical & dangerous. She had been
a medical assistant for some time. I tend to believe she knew what she was doing. Do you think what she did was unethical? References: Ruiz, P., Martinez, R., Rodrigo, J., & Diaz, C. (2015). Level of coherence among ethics program components & its impact on ethical intent. Journal of Business Ethics , 128 (4), 725-742. Show Less Mijanou Marretta-Lewis reply to Dana Harbuck 7/26/2016 9:43:28 AM RE: Discussion Part One Dana, The American Association of Medical Assistants (2016) has a code of ethics. This code is not however similar to our own as we have a license & a st&ard of practice which is not universal for the medical assistan t. These are: Medical Assisting Code of Ethics | The Medical Assisting Code of Ethics of the AAMA sets forth principles of ethical & moral conduct as they relate to the medical profession & the particular practice of medical assisting. Members of AAMA dedicated to the conscientious pursuit of their profession, & thus desiring to merit the high regard of the entire medical profession & the respect of the general public which they serve, do pledge themselves to strive always to: A. Render service with full respect for the dignity of humanity. B. Respect confidential information obtained through employment unless legally authorized or required by responsible performance of duty to divulge such information. C. Uphold the honor & high principles of the profession & accept its disciplines.
D. Seek to continually improve the knowledge & skills of medical assistants for the benefit of patients & professional colleagues. E. Participate in additional service activities aimed toward improving the health & well-being of the community (AAMA, 2016). Websters definition of professional ethics: Professionally accepted st&ards of personal & business behavior , values & guiding principles . Codes of professional ethics are often established by professional organizations to help guide members in performing their job functions according to sound & consistent ethical
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