Snow Storm

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The Snow Storm Lawsuit
Name : Ms. Nongluck Loahapoonrungsi
Strayer University
Health Services Policy, Law and Ethics
HAS 515
Professor : Danita Hunter, DHA, PMP
Date : 01/24/11

You are the Chief Executive Officer at a small non-profit community hospital. In January the area was hit by a large snow storm while you were vacationing in the Bahamas. Many of the hospital staff who provided patient care called out from work on the 3-11 and 11-7 shifts. Despite efforts from the nurse managers to get relief staff, only one nurse agreed to come in. As a result, the patient units were understaffed and health care personnel on day shift were required to remain on their assigned unit until they were relieved from duty.
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Second, ethically committed is aware and consciously of a decision’s ethical aspect. Third, ethically competent is knowledge and understand to make ethically decision. Forth, ethically courageous is not accept with enthusiasm or endorsement. Fifth, ethically consistent is maintain ethical standard, accommodate and justify an action. Sixth, ethically candid is open the complexity conflicting values. As the case, there is not enough doctor and nurse to provide the treatment till the patient got the damage. The ethics should be considered is promoting unrealistic expectation, rationalizing inappropriate or incompetent behavior, failing to acknowledge mistakes. Promoting unrealistic expectations is unintentionally creates in the public that it can do more than it can deliver. Hofmann said “it was better to underpromise and overdeliver”. According to the case, the hospital could not deliver the services good enough to the patient. Rationalizing inappropriate or incompetent behavior is the staff who has inappropriate behaviors. Failing to acknowledge mistakes is the mistakes happening, the doctor should let the patient or his family knowing the mistakes and fix the situation in the next time, and the manager fells guilty because he is the leader, and take care the mistake. As the case, the leader in hospital should let the patient and the family knowing the problem or mistake happening.

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