The duty of any medical practitioner is to provide a quality service to the client(s) that is ensuring that the patients’ safety and care come first (Grace & Willis, 2012). However, the clinician has to weigh and judge who need the most attention among the four patients and decide whom to attend to first keeping in mind about the health care ethics. Ms. Cora must work without contravening any legal or practice guidelines. The reasons are because the patients require her.
Because the nurse has a duty to care for patients, Ms. Bingham has to consider some factors like age. Critically younger people need more attention than older patients because they have more years to live. Even though Mrs. Robertson case is significant, it means Mr. Manfra issue will be given more attention if the nurse goes by age factors. Justice has to be considered; in this case the patient with the most need has to be attended first. Moreover, for this reasons in shows that the clinician has to attend to the 83 years old woman who may die if suctioning is not done to her. This is because if her bronchus is not clear it will fail to lead to death. In addition, I would decide to attend to the patients with critical requirement and monitoring if I were Ms. Bingham if justice followed.
There are numerous conditions considered when nurses attend to patients. Considering the age factor, clinicians will tend to access the patients’ age and the seriousness of the condition and the years ahead. If the disease treated easily, then most probably the nurses will attend to the younger patients compared to the older patients in terms of future productivity. In the case of gender, race and socioeconomic status, personal appearance, and popularity the level of care of patients in this category treated equally (Bell & Hulbert, 2008). This means that all patients are entitled to equal medical opportunity. There are instances where patients are taken to different hospitals depending with the status i.e. social worth. If taken to a private hospital and are capable of paying the high cost of treatment, then it is up to the patients relative to cater for the service they paid.
It is necessary for civil justice in any County especially the one mention, i.e. Midwestern County. In this case it is clearly that there is a conflict of interest. The patients interest and the other being patient and other people. However, before starting any projects, there are factors to be considered including cost and benefits. Jann Beech proposed to initiate a primary care clinic for adults while Susan Chinn requested to be funded to start a project of teenage counseling, and both of them are assistant directors. Marcia Forsyth, a director at community health nursing in the same county, informed the two associate directors that she needed to study their plans first. Since both projects are viable, there is no way that both could be funded at the in terms of cost. It means that the director had to choose which among the two projects was most useful to the society. The teenage counseling was the most feasible because it is cost effective and beneficial to the society at large due to the number of female youths compared to the elderly.
Ms. Hochstettler made the right decisions when she reported the matter to the clinical instructor although she did not expect the received from the same mentor (Piercy, 2007). She was obligated to come and rescue the victim and inform the other medical student and the residents that they should mind about the screaming patient. There are many cases that go unreported in the health care. The clinical instructor did not respond appropriately because he is thought to be a leader and at least show some responsibility and lead as an example. As a medical student, Ms. Hochstettler should have compelled them to do the right thing and act competently as healthcare providers. The resident and medical student did not care about the safety of the patient. Ethically and legally, the two worked against the ethics of the hospital and also against the legal right of the patient by not attending to him properly. Their behavior should be reported to the head of the ER and board of directors so that the same mistakes avoided.
In conclusion, it is the responsibility and duty of all medical practitioners to adhere by the code of ethics while working. This is because the same value shows the guidelines of work they do. They should also respect the legal rights of the patients they treat and understand the patients’ right when it comes to service delivery. Every healthcare provider must work towards the safety of all the patients under their care.
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