Ethics vs. Law Ethics vs. Law

Health care professionals practice in an environment that is complex,

with many regulations, laws, and standards of practice. Performing an

abortion is legal but may not be considered ethical by other health

care professionals or members of the public at large. Other ethical

dilemmas arise at the end of life, when a decision must be made to

turn off life-support machines and allow death to occur. Other common

ethical issues a health care professional might face are

confidentiality, relationships with patients and matters related to

consent, especially in the treatment of minors. Being an effective

leader/manager is essential if a health care organization is to

provide high-quality care and succeed financially. All healthcare

leaders/managers at all levels of the healthcare organization, which

depend on other people for efficient and effective work performance,

require leadership ability. The quality of leadership is crucial to

how work gets done in a well-managed healthcare organization. Discuss

the following issues:

What are the differences between ethical issues and legal issues?

Analyze a scenario in which an issue may be unethical, but

legal.Analyze a scenario in which an issue may be ethical, but

illegal. Explain your choices.What traits and characteristics of a

health care leader and/or manager are important in the steps of

ethical decision-making? Why?

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