3 Of the four major principles of ethics, the principles of beneficence and justice go hand in hand. The principle of beneficence is stated by McCormick (2013) as "health care providers have a duty to be of a benefit to the patient, as well as to take active steps to prevent and to remove harm from the patient." This principle is one of the most common aspects of health care is the reason why people go into medicine, to help people. Beneficence can be ambiguous in that even though we as care providers want to help people, a physician can make the choice of who they allow into their practice and receive the benefit of their care (McCormick, 2013). The last principle is justice. According to McCormick (2013), "Justice in health care is usually defined as a form of fairness." Everyone is entitled to their share of attention no matter what; this, however, is not always the case especially since some good and services are scarce and must be divided up according to other criteria such as need. The principle of justice can be looked at as a guide of how we provide care, but it is not set in stone (McCormick, 2013). The American College of Healthcare Education (ACHE) has their code of ethics that must be abided by to gain membership. Their code is a standard that is there to help guide healthcare professionals' behavior in their decision-making processes. According to the ACHE, the self-assessment will provide a view of the areas that I have high ethics, areas that I am weak in and provides for reflection on my ethical behaviorisms (American College of Healthcare Executives, 2016). After taking the self-assessment, it can be concluded that there are strengths and weaknesses to the choices that are made by myself in regards to my moral standings. Some of the questions couldn't be answered because I am not in a position to answer them due to my current workplace situation. For the most part, my ethical behavior is in line with the standards set forth by the ACHE code of ethics. There are some areas that I need to work on like, "demonstrating respect for my colleagues, superiors and staff" and "promptly and candidly
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