My “ethical bottom line” is to make sure that my entire organization runs smoothly by focusing on myself as a manager and patients individually. As a solider in the SIS Army, a father, a husband and an employee among other things, I have a code of ethics that I live by every day. This includes being fair, listening to others’ opinions, always making the right decision whether someone’s watching or not and protecting others who are in need. The code of ethics live by daily is the same code use as a professional in healthcare administration.
With the many hats that wear, it is very important that I use these ethical standards when faced with any important decision or difficult situation. If not, my character will be questioned and others may not see me as trustworthy and trustworthiness is one character trait that I hold highly. As a soldier in the US Army, my actions are a direct reflection of the Army as a whole not just me individually so high ethical standards are a must. As a father and husband, my family looks to me as an example of how to react to certain situations so my ethical standards must be positive.
As an employee, my supervisors are always aware of how handle difficult situations to see what my ethical standpoint is. The different roles I have directly affect how I use my code of ethics to deal with daily life situations and will continue to help me as a healthcare professional. Believe it is most important aspect of my ethical code begins with me as a healthcare manager. Being a manager means, you are always under the microscope not only by your employees but by your superiors as well. Everyone is watching how you handle situations and evaluating every decision you make.
Using the correct ethical code ensures that I will always make the right decision. The ACHE Code of Ethics states that should “refrain from participating in any activity that demeans the credibility and dignity of the healthcare management profession”. This means that I have to make sure that I am setting a good example for my employees, patients and anyone come in contact with. Am currently in the U. S. Army so I live this ethical code in my everyday life. Being in the Army allows me to live by this code in my daily life even more so when I am in uniform.
I am always held at a higher standard and I keep that in mind whenever make a decision. Having this kind of ethical background ingrained in my everyday living makes it easy to transition these ideals into my civilian life. I will have no issues proving my credibility and dignity while working as a healthcare professional. Another important part of my ethical code pertains to how treat patients. Without patients there would be no hospitals for me to run as an administrator, there Were be no one for nurses to take care of; there would be no healthcare system.
As I previously stated my ethical standards first start with me but I can use these standards to provide the best patient care possible. One of the ACHE Code of Ethics in reference to the healthcare executive’s responsibilities to patients or others served that stuck out to me was, “work to ensure the existence of a process that will advise patients or others served of the rights, opportunities, responsibilities and risks regarding available healthcare services. The bottom line of a healthcare professionals’ job is to care for patients and make sure they are aware of their likelihoods of feeling well as well as complications that may arise. Sugar coating or down playing any information to a patient is unethical. Although all of my ethical responsibilities to a patient as a healthcare provider are important, another important code to me is demonstrating a zero tolerance policy for abuse of power that may compromise a patient.
I have seen firsthand, a doctor using his power to belittle and not listen to a patient’s point of view. As a healthcare professional with a wealth of knowledge, can see how it would be easy for someone to use this power to compromise a patient’s care. Even outside of the healthcare world, I am someone who takes the time to see all points of IEEE of a particular situation and makes sure that I am fully aware of everything before making a decision. I would never discount someone’s idea or suggestion just because felt that they were less educated or had less power than me.
And this ties directly into the previous ethical code that I hold highly; making sure that all patients have the necessary information they need when rendering healthcare services by evaluating all possible scenarios. Lastly, my ethical responsibilities as a healthcare provider to the organization is something hold highly. The most important ACHE Code of Ethics to me for he healthcare executives responsibilities to the organization is, “lead the organization in the use of improvement standards of management and sound business practices. This statement ties in to the first and most important standard that follow which is being an ethical a healthcare manager. I have held management positions in my life and I understand that leading by example is the best way to manage a group of people. When they see that you follow a strong ethical code, they are more likely to follow in your footsteps. In conclusion, my ethical standards as a healthcare executive are eased on how I live my everyday life as a member of the US Army, father, husband, and employee.
As a healthcare manager, I will not put myself in a position to demean my credibility or dignity and will also carry myself with respect and integrity. I am obligated to my patients to make sure that are fully aware of their risks and securities in regards to healthcare services. And both of these ethical codes will allow me to lead my healthcare organization by improving management standards and preventing abuse of power.