Chapter 9 of your text goes over many public health duties you will encounter as


Place your order now for a similar assignment and have exceptional work written by our team of experts, At affordable rates

For This or a Similar Paper Click To Order Now

Chapter 9 of your text goes over many public health duties you will encounter as you work in physicians’ offices – duties to report certain statistics to the health department such as births, deaths, and specific communicable diseases such as the flu. We also have public duties to obey the law when it comes to “working within ones scope of practice,” such as having a proper license before practicing medicine or prescribing drugs. Other laws involve controlled substances and biomedical waste disposal, because obeying these laws also protects the public. We also have duties to report suspected crimes, gunshot wounds, child or elder abuses, all in the name of public health. We spend a lot of time talking about guarding our patient’s right to privacy, and ensuring they give consent and maintain control over their own bodies and decisions. So, the one thing MANY of these “public duties” have in common is that there is a tradeoff between an individual’s rights to privacy and autonomy versus the action that would be in the public’s best interest. In other words, the individual’s rights are set aside – at least temporarily – for the sake of the greater population. Not surprisingly, that can create an ethical dilemma for many. Do some internet research about Maine nurse, Kaci Hickox, serving with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone, and her Ebola quarantine as she re-entered the US back in October 2015. This was all over the news so there should be no shortage of material on this subject. Kaci claimed there was no reason for New Jersey officials to quarantine her (and then later, Maine officials), and she demanded to be set free; these health departments claimed she presented a potential danger of spreading Ebola to the public. Try to read many articles on this to get the most “balanced” reporting, not just news articles that favor one side of the issue. Answer this question on the Discussion Board: After reading several articles on Kaci Hickox, which side of the argument do you favor, and why?

For This or a Similar Paper Click To Order Now


Leave a Reply