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Ethics and Ethical Dilemma

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Collaborative Learning Community: Analysis of an Ethical Dilemma (Part 1)

1) In your CLC group, select one of the following three options and view the video related to your chosen topic (a description of each is provided along with a link to access the electronic media):

Dilemma 1: Embryo Harvesting and Freezing/Genetic Manipulation




A child is dying and the parents want to harvest the child’s eggs for the opportunity to conceive another child or treat any potential genetic anomalies. The parents believe this is a viable option to ensure a healthy child. Which physician is right in this situation? Is this consistent with scope of practice? Should the physician intervene?

Dilemma 2: Marketing of Medical / Pharmaceutical Products


While medical treatments and pharmaceuticals are common approaches to address a wide variety of conditions, there is growing concern from consumer groups and the medical community regarding current marketing practices which result in overconsumption or no medical benefit. The medical industry however, argues that these technologies are revolutionary in relieving suffering.

Consider the ethical dilemmas of this case. What are the possible ethical dilemmas and implications?

Dilemma 3: Voluntary/Assisted Euthanasia

Dax Case 1

The Terry Schiavo Documentary

2) The quality of life for two individuals has been dramatically affected following traumatic events. What are the ethical implications in the scenarios? What response should be given to the patient and family in response to their requests for assisted euthanasia? Write a formal paper of 750-1,000 words identifying important components of the topic. Include the following:

a) A description of the topic and related ethical implications:

i) Obligations to your profession and work as a nurse.

ii) Laws regarding this topic.

iii) Stake holders in this scenario.

b) A summary of the impact on social values, morals, norms, and nursing practice.

c) An explanation of how an ethical theory and/or ethical principle might be applied to address the chosen topic.

3) Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

4) Submit the assignment to the instructor by the end of Module 4.

Collaborative Learning Community: Analysis of an Ethical Dilemma (Part 2)

1) In your CLC group, interview a hospital administrator, a spiritual leader, a health care colleague, and a neighbor/friend. (A total of four different individuals must be interviewed by the group in-person or by telephone).

a) Ask all individuals interviewed to share their philosophy and worldview in relation to the ethical dilemma your group identified for Part 1 of this CLC assignment.

b) Summarize the responses of each of the four individuals interviewed.

c) As a group, consider the responses of the individuals interviewed and assess their similarities/differences.

2) Compose a written recommendation (750-1,000 words), incorporating the research your group has done as well as the four interview results to come to a resolution to the ethical dilemma. Be sure to clearly articulate your group’s position and the rationale for your position.

3) Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

4) Submit the four interview summaries and the group resolution to the instructor by the end of Module 5.

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