As you engage in this learning process, it is important to remember that everyone—regardless of temperament type or related preferences—experiences some challenges with regard to leadership. The key to success is being able to recognize and leverage your own strengths while honoring differences among your colleagues.
At some point in your leadership career, you will encounter an ethical or moral dilemma that requires you to take a stand and defend your position.
For this Assignment, you evaluate an issue and consider how you could act as a moral agent or advocate, facilitating the resolution of the issue for a positive outcome.
- Consider the examples of leadership demonstrated in this week’s media presentation and the other Learning Resources.
- To further your self-knowledge, you are required to complete the Kiersey Temperament as indicated in this week’s Learning Resources. Consider your leadership style, including your strengths for leading others and include your results from Kiersey Temperament Sorter to describe potential challenges related to your leadership style.
- Mentally survey your work environment, or one with which you are familiar, and identify a timely issue/dilemma that requires you to perform the leadership role of moral agent or advocate to improve a situation (e.g., speaking or acting on behalf of a vulnerable patient, the need for appropriate staffing, a colleague being treated unfairly).
- What ethical, moral, or legal skills, dispositions, and/or strategies would help you resolve this dilemma? Define the differences between ethical,moral, andlegal leadership.
- Finally, consider the values and principles that guide the nursing profession; the organization’s mission, vision, and values; the leadership and management competencies addressed in this course and your values and reasons for entering the profession. What motivation do you see for taking a stand on an important issue even when it is difficult to do so?
By Day 7
Write a 4 to 5 page paper (page count does not include title and reference page) that addresses the following:
- Introduce the conceptual frameworks of the ethical constructs of ethics, moral, or legal standards and the purpose of the paper.
- Consider an ethical, moral, or legal dilemma that you have encountered in your work environment and describe it.
- Analyze the moral, ethical, and legal implications utilized in this situation. Describe your role as a moral agent or advocate for this specific issue.
- Consider your leadership styles identified by your self-assessment and determine if they act as a barrier or facilitation during this dilemma.
Healthcare Ethics, Morals, and Leadership
The health care industry must comply with ethical terms and conditions to deliver quality healthcare. Ethics are the moral tenet which govern an individual’s or group’s behavior. On the other hand, morals are concerned with the rules or principles of right conduct and conveyance or expression of counsel or truth as to right conduct. In the same token, leadership involves balancing and coordinating the conflicts of interest of all stakeholders as well as staff members. A leader establishes a clear vision and shares it with others. Moreover, a leader steps up in moments of crisis and is capable of thinking creatively in any difficult situation. Ethics and moral make up real leadership which solves and handles critical problems more efficiently. Nursing ethics embraces patient advocacy and focuses not only on curing but also caring as the primary objective (Epstein & Turner, 2015). As patients advocate, the nurses work as part and parcel of the interdisciplinary team to offer patients care. The nursing ethics have significantly kept a great pace with the continuous advancement of the nursing profession including a patient centered focus. Ethics guide the nurses in their day-to-day practices. Also, ethics aid nurses to differentiate between wrong and right when the correct path is not clear. Nurses can find it basic to employ ethical decision-making as part of the nursing procedure during the nursing practice. This paper explains some of the strategies, ethical actions, and leadership skills I used to assist the vulnerable patients.
Vulnerable patients have severally caught my attention since these individuals are unable to get proper treatment as well as basic care. It is important to note that meeting the needs of the vulnerable patients is also important as addressing the needs of the less vulnerable patients. The health domain of the vulnerable populace can be categorized into social, psychological, and physical menaces. Notably, those with physical perils include the disabled, the chronically ill, high-risk infants and mothers as well as people living with HIV/AIDS (Najavits & Hien, 2013). Some of the chronic medical conditions take account of heart disease, dyslipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, and respiratory diseases. According to Najavits and Hien, (2013), these vulnerable populations face a lot of difficulties when it comes to fighting the diseases because they do not have the necessary facilities including money. In this regards, they get mentally and psychologically tortured leading to their early deaths. It hearts a lot to watch these people suffer yet there are ways in which they can be helped to overcome their problems and live happily as others. Outstandingly, it is the role of the nurses to make sure that these people get the necessary services they deserve.
Remarkably, to solve this particular problem, it is vital to develop a nurse district which reflects the needs of healthcare outside the health care facilities. The district nurses ought to work in localities and provide support to the vulnerable and contribute to personalized as well as proactive care to them in their households. This strategy has been very essential and has helped to improve health care for the vulnerable patients reducing avoidable hospital admissions. Some of the ethical, moral, and legal implications utilized in this situation include social justice, integrity as well as human dignity and worthiness. Social justice is a legal impact which involves improving the lives of individuals who are unable or less fortunate to advocate themselves. Human dignity and worthiness are another ethical value which quite are important to take into account. It is vital to understand the inherent value of human lives notwithstanding beliefs or background. The nurses and social workers acknowledge that their customers have the right for medication as well as self-determination. According to Nilsson, Rasmussen, and Edvardsson, (2016), integrity is fundamental in any health care profession, and it entails acting responsibly, ethically as well as honesty at all times. As a moral agent, I encouraged a nurse district to take care of the vulnerable at their homes. I also helped in coming up with various lawsuits to help in protecting the vulnerable, for example, the Code of Ethics Act.
As an agent, it is vital to note that primary care is quite important since a growing number of individuals have progressively complex social and health needs. I take it necessary as an agent to visit the vulnerable populace and provide them with appropriate primary care and support they require. According to Smolowitz, Speakman, Wojnar, Whelan, Ulrich, Hayes, and Wood, (2015), through the community-based health care initiative; the vulnerable have been able to get health care services accordingly and promptly. The community-based initiative has been able to identify patients at high risk, and the nurses have been able to undertake various roles, for instance, team working and collaboration to strengthen the initiative and provide quality care for the patients (Kangasniemi, Pakkanen, & Korhonen, 2015). Consultation with the subordinates in decision making helped a lot in providing suitable data concerning the vulnerable population. Involving every member of the staff in the decision also helped and still assists in providing the intended health care services for this particular population.
Some of the leadership styles used include democratic and affiliative. The democratic leadership style aided me to include all the subordinates in decision making, goal setting and soliciting the subordinates feedback and suggestions. This particular leadership style encourages both professional and personal development of nurses and permits the nurses some autonomy. I specifically used this style of leadership to motive the nurses to take the initiative as well as consistently contribute their best efforts in work. Leadership is vital in ensuring quality services in the health care since it is the leaders who help in coming up with initiatives to improve the health care performance.
In conclusion, moral and ethics are critical in the health care industry. The nurses should handle the patients with a lot of dignity bearing in mind that every human being requires quality and efficient care. It is also of importance to note that the vulnerable population must be taken care of since they also constitute a significant segment of the society. The vulnerable may feel left out if much attention is not paid to them. However, the nursing initiative including the nurses’ district takes a better role in ensuring better health care is available to all. Every medical practitioner including the nurses must work under the health care laws by providing quality services to all. Ethics in the medical sector must be respected to help in facilitating the health care services. Every health care worker must comply with the integrity and dignity of the patients and provide them with quality health care services irrespective of their beliefs, background or race. It, therefore, goes without saying that ethics, morals, and leadership in the health care work hand in hand to ensure quality health care services for all. Lastly, the vulnerable population must be well taken care of just like other individuals to expedite equality.
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Kangasniemi, M., Pakkanen, P., & Korhonen, A. (2015). Professional ethics in nursing: an integrative review. Journal of advanced nursing, 71(8), 1744-1757.
Najavits, L. M., & Hien, D. (2013). Helping vulnerable populations: A comprehensive review of the treatment outcome literature on substance use disorder and PTSD. Journal of clinical psychology, 69(5), 433-479.
Nilsson, A., Rasmussen, B. H., & Edvardsson, D. (2016). A threat to our integrity–Meanings of providing nursing care for older patients with cognitive impairment in acute care settings. Scandinavian journal of caring sciences, 30(1), 48-56.
Smolowitz, J., Speakman, E., Wojnar, D., Whelan, E. M., Ulrich, S., Hayes, C., & Wood, L. (2015). Role of the registered nurse in primary health care: Meeting health care needs in the 21st century. Nursing Outlook, 63(2), 130-136.
Wong, C. A., Cummings, G. G., & Ducharme, L. (2013). The relationship between nursing leadership and patient outcomes: a systematic review update. Journal of nursing management, 21(5), 709-724.