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Personal Ethics

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Personal Ethics Development
According to the American Heritage dictionary ethics are “the rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the conduct of the members of a profession” (ethics, n.d.). In every aspect of our lives our ethical system is constantly being put to the test. Ethical dilemmas challenge our morals, values, and our true character at home and at work. This can be especially challenging in the work force. In this summary I will discuss my underlying ethical system, potential effects of my ethics in the work place, and I will examine why ethics are needed in an organization. Personal Ethical System

“Even the most rational approach to ethics is defenseless if there isn't the will to do what is right” (Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes, para.). Not everyone has the same view of what is right and wrong and not everyone cares to do what is right. My ethical system has been shaped by my parents, my belief in the Catholic Church, my education, and my experiences. Through out my teenage years and my adult life my beliefs of what is right and wrong has changed, so has some of my morals and values. By becoming more educated in politics and society, experiencing problems at work and life’s little disasters, becoming a wife and mother and by choosing to be baptized in the Catholic Church has shaped who I am today. Ethics in the Work Place

Most people follow set standards of ethics that is expected of them in the work place. This ethical system is often rights-based and goal-based. The goal-based system focuses on the business’s intended outcome and the rights-based system is what the community or business feels is acceptable behavior (Treviño, 2007). Employee’s personal ethics may also play a role in ethical decisions made at work. My personal ethics can play a positive and negative role in my job performance. I usually am working as a Licensed Practical Nurse in long term care facilities. Here I am often working with the elderly who are in a...