Two Response Posts 

  • Respond to two other students’ or instructor posts
  • RPs should be 150-250 words
  • Add new content, a distinction, or hypothesis and demonstrate how this new information makes the topic thread more clear
  • Draw attention to a consideration that has been neglected, and demonstrate how this new information motivates clearer understanding of the topic
  • Students should contribute to the discussion based on their course acquired knowledge in a meaningful way. Posts that simply agree with the IP will not be graded.

Responses will be graded for content, length, and level of introspection. 

Discussion 1

Last week we discussed Elizabeth Kim and her ethical dilemma.  According to my small groups evaluation of Elizabeth Kim and the ethical duties she had were to Max. Elizabeth had the duty of fidelity and justice. Elizabeth Kim wanted what was best for Max and she wanted to be faithful to him and his mother and get him the help he needed. Elizabeth Kim’s emotional response to her dilemma is she is in distress. Elizabeth is tense when talking to the principal, asking herself if she has done everything she could.  ” She feels a gnawing in he pit of her stomach, but she cannot immediately figure out what, if anything, she should do next” ( Purtilo & Doherty). In this situation I could see why Elizabeth Kim was stuck in her dilemma. She did not want to accuse the principal of not being completely truthful but also did not want to just ignore the thought something was not right. I believe the principals of care or virtue theory Elizabeth Kim used to arrive at her caring response was the normative ethics. She kept going back and asking herself if she was doing the right thing. Elizabeth has character traits that allow her to have a caring response. Her attitude and disposition helped in the situation as well. Normative ethics rely on morality and fidelity. Fidelity and morality are both of the duties Elizabeth Kim show. I think Elizabeth Kim is a great speech pathologist that I would want to work with my kids.

Purtilo, R. B. & Doherty, R. F. (2011). Ethical dimensions in the health professions (5th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders

Discussion 2

Hello Everyone. It’s already week 4 and hope everyone is doing great in their classes. So for this weeks forum we are asked to talk and evaluate are small discussion groups about Elizabeth Kim’s ethical duties. Some ethical duties that were said by my peers that Kim could have used to solve this ethical dilemma are fidelity, veracity, justice, and autonomy. Autonomy is the opportunity to exercise ones freedom in a situation (Doherty & Purtilo, 2011). Kim can explain to the mother of Max exactly what happened with the communication line with the principle and explain that Max does need this communication device for effective learning. Fidelity is making a promise, explicit or implicit, to someone else (Doherty & Purtilo, 2011). This is Kim’s duty as Max’s speech and language pathologist to do what’s right for Max. No matter how expensive it may be for the school. This device would benefit Max. Veracity also goes along with telling someone the truth no matter how hard the situation is. Justice is one being in a position to distribute benefits and burdens among individuals or groups in society who have legitimate claims on the benefits (Doherty & Purtilo, 2011). Kim has the opportunity to benefit Max in his learning throughout his lifetime with getting this device for him. I believe Elizabeth Kim’s emotional dilemma with this situation would be heavy. She has to step up to her boss and really confront him about this matter that he pretty much lied about making a meeting with Max’s mother because he really doesn’t want the school to pay for the device. I believe Kim was using the care theory because she will either do whats morally right or wrong.

Purtilo, R. B. & Doherty, R. F. (2011). Ethical dimensions in the health professions (5th ed). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.

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