Welcome to Healthcare Ethics and the Workplace. This course provides an in-depth analysis of issues related to ethics in the healthcare field. When people talk about ethics, they may be speaking about a variety of topics including bioethics, professional ethics, business, or organized ethics. In this course, you will learn major ethical principles, frameworks, and a systematic approach to ethical decision making. By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Define ethics and be familiar with the diverse codes of ethics.
- Assess ethical frameworks and principles.
- Develop an understanding of an appreciation for ethics.
- Identify ethical dilemmas likely to occur in the healthcare industry.
- Solve ethical dilemmas using ethical frameworks and principles.
Ethics is a branch of philosophy that seeks to utilize a body of knowledge to determine what is right or wrong (Dewit, 2014). Ethics are also moral standards by which we live. They are derived from laws. When it comes to fairness, helping others, and not harming others, ethics are the moral root of the law. Healthcare professional will always be faced with making ethical decisions in the workplace. He or she will have to make a choice between two equally desirable or undesirable solutions. The code of ethics at your workplace can help to assist with those decisions. A code of ethics is a list of written statements describing ideal behavior and serves as a model for personal conduct. Most codes of ethics that govern the behavior of healthcare professions are written by professional organizations.