VIP treatment. Ethical dilemma for paper? - page 3
I have to do a paper on an ethical dilemma for my BSN program. It seems lots of students are doing end of life care and patient autonomy. I want to do something different and maybe a little newer. ... Read More
0Oct 7, '12 by Jory, ADN, BSN, MSNQuote from metfanI don't agree with VIP systems at hospitals, with one exception: If the President of the USA is injured or sick.I have to do a paper on an ethical dilemma for my BSN program. It seems lots of students are doing end of life care and patient autonomy. I want to do something different and maybe a little newer. We have real issues at work with the treatment of VIP's. We move patients around and they get special treatment which bothers the nurses because we feel everyone is a VIP to someone. Do you think this would be a good ethical dilemma to do a paper on? Also, does anyone have any experience dealing with this type of situation?
Everyone else, regardless of what job they hold or how much money they have, can wait. I don't care if they are the King of another nation.
It's a horrible practice.
0Oct 7, '12 by dudette10, BSN, RNQuote from woohAgreed. As another poster said, you'll have to take broad ethical concepts and apply them to the scenario you describe. Ironically, someone who posted that it isn't a viable topic with few lit resources provided you some of the best ethical concepts! For example, limited resources with unlimited need. Does this mean a patient who has more resources is entitled to disrupt the rest of other patients (moving them around to give a quiet environment to the richer patient)? Well, right there is an ethical dilemma!I think it would be very interesting. You'll probably have to be creative with your research though. "VIP treatment" probably won't have a ton of studies, so you'll have to get creative with your search terms. I'd advise getting with a librarian at your school. People forget what a tremendous resource librarians are for finding information.
Even if the medical care provided is equivalent, are patients with more resources entitled to better patient satisfaction elements, such as shorter wait times, one-on-one nursing care when acuity doesn't deem it necessary, etc.
You don't even have to make the comparison between a millionaire/potential donor and the very poor. You could make the comparison between an insured patient and an uninsured one. Both could be middle class, but one has a job and the other is unemployed and COBRA ran out.
0Oct 7, '12 by dudette10, BSN, RNQuote from AnonRNCExcellent point. When I was in school, we had to provide reasons for the thesis statement and reasons against it. While many here have provided reasons against it, you just provided one for it.You could build an ethical arguement around the idea that special treatment of a VIP may be justified if it results in a monetary donation that improves care for others. For example, take good care of Mr. Special Pants and he'll fund the building of a children's cancer center. Depending on how your assignment is structured, you may not need literature to back you. When I took ethics, we only had to apply the principles to our scenarios.