Strengthening Ethical Wisdom: Tools for Transforming Your Health Care Organization / Edition 1

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Overview

A practical, research-based guide for strengthening workplace and personal ethics. Step-by-step explanations, case examples, and questionnaires help readers identify and manage the ethical drift to which health care management and staff can succumb under the daily pressure to do more with less. The guide provides diagnostic tools for achieving exceptional levels of organizational and personal integrity. Provides research-based tools that assess where the organization and individuals stand in their relative strengths and weaknesses regarding everyday ethical decision making. It also covers actions needed to make corrections.
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Reviewer: Rebecca L Volpe, B.A.(Saint Louis University)
Description: This book examines ethical conflicts in healthcare from an organizational level. The author posits that small decisions eventually lead down a slippery slope toward ethical conflicts, and that the antidote to this slipping is "ethical wisdom."
Purpose: The stated purpose is to affirm the belief that when healthcare organizations and those who work in them can more fully express their passion for caring by doing the right thing every day, the result is stronger organizational performance, including improved safety and care, and higher personal satisfaction. The author is successful in articulating his beliefs, but provides little in the way of justification.
Audience: He notes that this book will be helpful for leaders, managers, and individual contributors in healthcare organizations. However, it seems that it may be particularly suited for someone who is new to healthcare and seeking a general overview of ethical pitfalls facing organizations.
Features: Part I attempts to define what it means to do the right thing for healthcare organizations. Parts II and III focus in depth on four ethical pathways through which an organization can produce exceptional results: the ethical pathways of culture, leadership and governance, infrastructure, and personal integrity. The author provides captivating case studies and examples in each of the four sections, making the book more interesting and accessible.
Assessment: The author does a thorough job addressing the challenges facing healthcare organizations and the potential pitfalls to avoid. However, readers seeking scientific evidence or cogent philosophical argument in support of the author's claims will be disappointed. Sweeping statements are made — for example, that financial performance in healthcare is strengthened through a consistent focus on vision, mission, and values — and yet, other than case studies, few arguments or evidence are provided in support. Overall, this book is a good introduction to healthcare organizations and the ethical dilemmas they face, but it does not provide substantial evidence to validate many of its claims.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Rebecca L Volpe, B.A.(Saint Louis University)
Description: This book examines ethical conflicts in healthcare from an organizational level. The author posits that small decisions eventually lead down a slippery slope toward ethical conflicts, and that the antidote to this slipping is "ethical wisdom."
Purpose: The stated purpose is to affirm the belief that when healthcare organizations and those who work in them can more fully express their passion for caring by doing the right thing every day, the result is stronger organizational performance, including improved safety and care, and higher personal satisfaction. The author is successful in articulating his beliefs, but provides little in the way of justification.
Audience: He notes that this book will be helpful for leaders, managers, and individual contributors in healthcare organizations. However, it seems that it may be particularly suited for someone who is new to healthcare and seeking a general overview of ethical pitfalls facing organizations.
Features: Part I attempts to define what it means to do the right thing for healthcare organizations. Parts II and III focus in depth on four ethical pathways through which an organization can produce exceptional results: the ethical pathways of culture, leadership and governance, infrastructure, and personal integrity. The author provides captivating case studies and examples in each of the four sections, making the book more interesting and accessible.
Assessment: The author does a thorough job addressing the challenges facing healthcare organizations and the potential pitfalls to avoid. However, readers seeking scientific evidence or cogent philosophical argument in support of the author's claims will be disappointed. Sweeping statements are made — for example, that financial performance in healthcare is strengthened through a consistent focus on vision, mission, and values — and yet, other than case studies, few arguments or evidence are provided in support. Overall, this book is a good introduction to healthcare organizations and the ethical dilemmas they face, but it does not provide substantial evidence to validate many of its claims.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556483486
  • Publisher: American Hospital Association
  • Publication date: 7/20/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures     ix
About the Author     xi
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
Setting the Stage
Ethics, Integrity, and "Doing the Right Thing"     3
Ethical Erosion and Ethical Wisdom     13
Ethical Pathways, Disciplines, and Diagnostics     21
The Ethical Pathway of Culture
The Five Disciplines of an Ethical Culture     27
A Diagnostic for the Ethical Pathway of Culture     49
The Ethical Pathway of Leadership and Governance
Leadership, Governance, and Noble Purpose     61
The Four Disciplines of Ethical Leadership     69
A Diagnostic for the Ethical Pathway of Leadership     81
The Four Disciplines of Ethical Governance     91
A Diagnostic for the Ethical Pathway of Governance     105
The Ethical Pathway of Infrastructure
The Three Disciplines of Ethical Infrastructure     117
A Diagnostic for the Ethical Pathway of Infrastructure     163
The Ethical Pathway of Personal Integrity
The Three Disciplines of Personal Integrity     175
A Diagnostic for the Ethical Pathway of Personal Integrity     193
The Approaches to Ethical Decision Making Diagnostic     203
Appendixes
The Ethical Health Vital Signs Diagnostic     215
Answer Key to "The Approaches to Ethical Decision Making Diagnostic" in Chapter 15     231
Index     233
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