Lesson 1.2: Healthcare Dilemma


Revisit the ethical dilemma you identified in Learning Activity 2. In 3 – 4 complete sentences, discuss the event or situation, what the outcome was, and how it was addressed (or if it was addressed).

Next, consider: What ethical theories and theorists were most “at play” in this situation? That is, in this situation, which theories would help someone the most with making an ethical decision? Which theories seem to have influenced the decisions the major actors made?

Finally, reflect: After this Learning Plan’s reading and activities, has your thinking about how you would handle this situation changed? If so, how and why? If not, why not?

Your initial post should be 8 – 10 sentences in length and include an APA-style references list.



    about an ethical or moral dilemma you know of either in
    your own workplace (past or present) or through a friend. Or, you can freewrite about an ethical health care management issue you are aware
    of from the media, for example:
  2. How
    the U.S. government handled the Ebola outbreak in Liberia in
    2014 (CDC website)?

  3. The
    healthcare system’s dealings with Terri Schiavo and her family when her husband sought to remove
    her from life support in 2005
    (Joan Didion, “The Case
    of Theresa Schiavo,” New York Review of Books).

  4. Scientists’
    development of the cervical cells of Henrietta Lacks into HeLa one of the
    world’s most important cell lines ever without her or her family’s

  5. In
    a short paragraph, discuss what you did (or would have done) in this
    situation. Why? What thought processes, beliefs, and assumptions guided
    your behavior?
    Keep this case in mind as you work through the Learning Plan’s readings
    and activities; you will reflect on how your view of it has changed in
    Discussion 1.2.

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