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ETHICS CASE STUDY
HCS 335 Week Two Ethics Case Study
Ethics Case Study
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ETHICS CASE STUDY
Ethics Case Study: Jerry McCall
Introduction
Ethics are an important aspect of an individual’s personal and professional life, as ethics help
people determine whether their actions are right or wrong, good or bad, just or unjust, and fair or
unfair (Fremgen, 2009). Strong workplace and interpersonal ethics are essential to any career, but
especially so in health care wherein professionals encounter people from all lifestyles, life and
death situations, and further circumstances people in other professions do not face. One such
situation is the case study involving Dr. William’s office assistant, Jerry McCall. While sitting in
for the receptionist, Jerry receives a phone call from a long-time patient needing a last-minute
refill called in for his antidepressant, Valium, before taking a flight. The patient tells Jerry Dr.
Williams is a close friend. Jerry has some professional medical assistant and LPN training, but
has no certification in either field, and no one else is available to fill the patient’s prescription.
This study will examine if Jerry is qualified to call in the refill, bearing on the situation if the
patient had critical need for the medication, and the ethical and legal stipulations and
consequences concerned depending on Jerry’s possible choices.
Qualifications
A health care professional must have specific qualifications and certifications to order
medication refills for patients (Fremgen, 2009). While he has training as an LPN and a medical
assistant, Jerry McCall has no certification to work in either position, and if he had his

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HCS 335 Week Two Ethics Case Study Ethics Case Study Your name Your Instructor's name March 26, 2012 Ethics Case Study: Jerry McCall Introduction Ethics are an important aspect of an individual's personal and professional life, as ethics help people determine whether their actions are right or wrong, good or bad, just or unjust, and fair or unfair (Fremgen, 2009). Strong workplace and interpersonal ethics are essential to any career, but especially so in health care wherein professionals encounter people from all lifestyles, life and death situations, and further circumstances people in other professions do not face. One such situation is the case study involving Dr. William's office assistant, Jerry McCall. While sitting in for the receptionist, Jerry receives a phone call from a long-time patient needing a last-minute refill called in for his antidepressant, Valium, before taking a flight. The patient tells Jerry Dr. Williams is a close friend. Jerry has some professional medical assistant and LPN training, but has no certification in either field, and no one else is available to fill the patient's prescription. This study will examine if Jerry is qualified to call in the refill, bearing on the situation if the patient had critical need for the medication, and the ethical and legal stipulations and consequences concerned depending on Jerry's possible choices. Qualifications A health care professional must have specific qualifications and certification ...
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