Goal: Health professionals have legal and ethical responsibilities and accountabilities in practice. The goal of this assessment is to apply your understanding of ethical and legal principles and requirements to the roles and responsibilities of health professionals.
Product: Written assignment – short answers to a total of 2000 words
Format: You will be required to develop short answer responses to set case studies. Your responses will draw on theory, legislation, professional codes and practice standards. You will also provide a reflection based on your experience.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLO) assessed in this task.
CLO 1 Identification, description and application of aspects of the Australian legal system and statutory bodies to nursing and midwifery practice.
CLO2 Definitions and application of contemporary professional ethical standards to decision making and practice.
CLO3 Critically analyse health situations from an ethical and legal prospective.
Understanding of key legislation
Decisions made for case studies supported by professional codes, standards and guidelines.
Reflection on case studies, ethical principles and personal experience.
Structure presentation and clarity of expression
Applying the principles of ethical use of intellectual property – through paraphrasing, referencing and citation. Comply with APA (7 style).
Resources: Learning materials weeks 1 -3
Submission: Upload Word document to Blackboard in USC academic writing format (1.5 or 2.0 line spacing) by due date.
In this task you are asked to respond to the two scenarios presented below. Within your response to each case you are must consider:
- The legal requirements for students and registered health professionals.
- The implications for the health facility and/or education provider if required for each of the cases.
- Your reflection of life experiences (you do not have to have experienced any of these specific incidents). Think about difficult situations you have encountered in the past, your ethical stance and how this will inform your discussion on how easy or difficult it will be to meet the requirements for each of the cases.
You are on placement with another student at an acute hospital. One day the other student appears to be struggling with some tasks and you ask them if they are ok. They reply that they were playing sport the night before and hurt their leg and back. They have had a back problem for a while, but it usually doesn’t cause a problem. Currently they are unable to undertake many physical aspects of care and are slow to move around the ward and are getting behind on their work which is impacting on the care of patients. The next day they attend placement again and they are clearly worse. You ask them if they should be there, but they reply that they have to get through this placement as they cannot afford to repeat the placement later. They ask you to help cover for them when they cannot complete tasks. You are concerned that they may do further harm to themselves and that their situation may impact on your placement.
You are a health care professional in the hospital. You have a student who has come to work exhibiting behaviour that is a departure from their normal presentation. They are unable to concentrate and are fidgeting constantly. They are unable to follow instructions. You take the student aside and ask them about their behaviour and if they are unwell, on any drugs or under the influence of alcohol. The student confesses to having used some drugs the night before and that they are still affected by these. The student stated they had used the drugs prescribed for a family member after the recent death of that family member.
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