Ethical Dilemma
Topics: Ethics, Health care, Terri Schiavo case / Pages: 7 (1524 words) / Published: Jul 8th, 2012

Running head: ANALYSIS OF AN ETHICAL DILEMMA (PART 2)

An Ethical Dilemma in Global Health Care (Part 2) The Green Team Martin Cayer, RN Merlene Clarke, RN Shine Kottathil, RN Biah Kun, RN Nubia Lomeli, RN Grand Canyon University NRS-437V Ethical Decision Making in Health Care Teresa Ortner, RNC, MSNEd May 30, 2012 An Ethical Dilemma in Global Health Care (Part 2) The purpose of this paper is to present four interviews of a diverse panel of individuals, who share their ethical philosophy and views in relation to the ethical dilemma presented in Part 1. A summary of the interview’s outcomes regarding all issues surrounding ethical dilemma. We will once again state our position on the issue and consider the responses of individuals interviewed, and provide explanation of similarities and differences of responses. With a conclusion providing a recommendation basic on the ethical dilemma.
Interview with a Health Administrator The following interviewee will be called J.C; manager of a 32-bed ICU, she is a female in her mid-forties, a mother and wife as well as of Christian faith. J.C is also a member of the ethics committee in her hospital. J.C is well aware of Terri Schiavo’s debate between pro-life the sanctity of human life verses the advocacy of the right to die. “You would think after a story like Terri’s people would line up to get their advance directives, but sadly they don’t” (personal communication, 2012). Healthcare professionals face ethical and legal implications when patients are unable to voice their autonomy and others contest their fate. According to J.C “Ethically it is the care-giving professions that have the responsibility to adhere to current law, carry out patients’ wishes to the extent possible, and continue to advocate for patients and family members encountering the challenges of



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