Listening to the Whispers: Re-thinking Ethics in Healthcare by Christine Sorrell Dinkins

By Christine Sorrell Dinkins

Hearing the Whispers offers voice to students in philosophy, clinical anthropology, actual remedy, and nursing, aiding readers re-think ethics around the disciplines within the context of latest healthcare process. assorted voices, usually unheard, problem readers to magnify the circle in their moral matters and search for hidden pathways towards new understandings of ethics. Essays variety from a spotlight at the context of corporatization and controlled care environments to a decision for wondering the basic values of society as those values silently impact many others in healthcare. every one bankruptcy is via a short essay that highlights matters worthwhile for scholarly study and school room dialogue. The conversations of interpretive study in healthcare contained during this quantity motivate readers to re-think ethics in ways in which may help to create a moral healthcare procedure with a way forward for new percentages.   awesome educational name, selection journal

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They can just take away one of us and get another. Who we are doesn’t matter. They say too many letters after our name will confuse patients, but patients want to know who is taking care of them. Someone comes in wearing a white coat and takes blood, patients think it is a nurse. We worked hard to become nurses. The letters matter to us. . Nurses in other health systems have them, but we can’t use them. Credentials legally represent nurses’ educational qualifications and ability to provide specialized healthcare services (Hall, 1996).

Five dilemmas of depersonalization were analyzed in the nurses’ narratives. 1. Depersonalization through symbolic means (Henry, 1973). A situation Donna described involved depersonalization through acts that deprive nurses of the symbols that attach them to their professional systems: There is a corporate policy [at UniCare] that we cannot put the letters RN after our name on the name badges we are required to wear. Below the UniCare logo is our name, but no credentials. It does say nurse in small letters but no one can see it.

A social system must protect its members from threats to their obligations to others and to themselves; when that protection is not given, the unprotected feel like “nobody cares” (Henry, 1973). Social protection in the workplace frees nurses to act on professional judgments and fulfill obligations to patients. But at Riverside, the nurses felt that their leaders had abandoned them. No one was listening to their need for support or responding to their concerns. ” A problem behind the nurses’ lack of protection was segmentalism, a dysfunctional organizational paradigm created by mechanistic divisions between different hierarchical levels, functions, roles, and people in the workplace (Morgan, 1997).

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