Ch 27: Ethical Responsibilities of Health Care Workers

About This Chapter

This chapter looks at various ethical responsibilities of those in the healthcare field. The lessons within go into ethical issues in medicine and psychology as well as topics such as health policy, patient advocation, and more.

Ethical Responsibilities of Health Care Workers - Chapter Summary

This chapter considers numerous ethical concerns for health care workers to take into account. You'll learn about related terminology, regulations, and issues of patient treatment. Topics discussed in this chapter include nursing scope of practice, patient rights, medical malpractice, and all of the following:

  • Right to treatment, informed consent, and confidentiality in mental health
  • End-of-life issues
  • Withholding and withdrawing care
  • Options related to the dying with dignity movement
  • Legal responsibilities of healthcare workers
  • HIPAA

If you're worried about getting lost, you can use the dashboard feature to stay organized by keeping tabs on your recent activity and progress through the chapter. You'll also be able to test your understanding topic-by-topic as you go by taking brief practice quizzes that can also be printed as worksheets for offline use.

13 Lessons in Chapter 27: Ethical Responsibilities of Health Care Workers
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Ethical Issues in Medicine & Psychology

1. Ethical Issues in Medicine & Psychology

The world of healthcare is full of ethical issues, and they can be difficult to figure out. In this lesson, explore four major ethical issues, and then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ethical Issues & Mental Health: Right to Treatment, Informed Consent & Confidentiality

2. Ethical Issues & Mental Health: Right to Treatment, Informed Consent & Confidentiality

When someone goes to see a mental health professional, they have legal and ethical rights that are meant to protect them. In this lesson, we'll explore three major rights of patients: confidentiality, the right to treatment, and informed consent.

What is Nursing Scope of Practice?

3. What is Nursing Scope of Practice?

In this lesson, you will learn about the scope of practice in nursing. We will discuss the importance of knowing the scope of practice governed by your state and those endorsed by professional nursing organizations and specialties.

How Health Policy Affects Community Health

4. How Health Policy Affects Community Health

Do we really need the government telling us what to do when it comes to our health? Why or why not? The answer may surprise you as we'll go over how health policy affect community health in more than one way.

Understanding Patient Rights & Treatment Decisions

5. Understanding Patient Rights & Treatment Decisions

Sometimes, the world of healthcare can be complicated. Conditions must be cured, and injuries must be healed, but the physician must always respect the right of the patient to make their own treatment decisions. We'll explore that idea in this lesson.

What Is a Patient Advocate? - Definition & Training

6. What Is a Patient Advocate? - Definition & Training

Patient advocates fill a role in healthcare that has become progressively more important as the industry grows more complex. In this lesson, you will learn what a patient advocate does, what type of training is needed, and where patient advocates work.

What Is Medical Malpractice? - Definition & Examples

7. What Is Medical Malpractice? - Definition & Examples

When being taken care of by healthcare professionals, it's important that patients feel safe. However, there can be times when a healthcare provider fails to follow certain standards in the profession, which leads to medical malpractice.

Major End-of-Life Issues: Health Care Legal Planning

8. Major End-of-Life Issues: Health Care Legal Planning

As people approach the end of their lives, decisions have to be made. Watch this lesson to find out more about important end-of-life issues, including having a health care proxy, creating a living will, and being an organ donor.

Withholding & Withdrawing Care: Autonomy & Surrogate Decision Makers

9. Withholding & Withdrawing Care: Autonomy & Surrogate Decision Makers

In this lesson, explore the concepts of withholding and withdrawing care and discover how these are resolved in medical ethics. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Dying with Dignity: Definition & Options

10. Dying with Dignity: Definition & Options

When a person is faced with a terminal illness, they sometimes want to control the timing and way that they die. In this lesson, we'll examine the dying with dignity movement, including physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Ethical & Legal Responsibilities of Healthcare Workers

11. Ethical & Legal Responsibilities of Healthcare Workers

Healthcare workers must fulfill ethical and legal responsibilities when caring for others, and patients can be harmed if they don't act as they should. In this lesson, we'll discuss examples of unethical behavior and their effects.

What is HIPAA? - Definition, Requirements & Laws

12. What is HIPAA? - Definition, Requirements & Laws

This lesson discusses the United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, better known as HIPAA. Let's take a look at the legal protections and administrative requirements of this law.

HIPAA Compliance Requirements

13. HIPAA Compliance Requirements

In this lesson, we will explore the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and compliance requirements. You will learn about HIPAA compliance, who needs to be compliant and the steps needed to become HIPAA compliant.

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