Scenario: Ethical Challenge
The critical care unit of your local hospital calls you for ethical consultation. They have admitted 53-year-old JoEllen after she overdosed on prescription medications taken with alcohol. On admission, she tries to speak but soon becomes uncommunicative. As her condition deteriorates rapidly, her son arrives with a notarized advance directive in which JoEllen has specifically asked not to be placed on life support. People are looking to you for guidance. What ethical recommendation will you make to the attending health professionals?
For this assignment:
Explain the ethical issues in the scenario involving JoEllen.
Apply the three traditional theories of normative ethics to this situation.
Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the three theories as they relate to this situation.
Apply ethical theory to justify your stance on the right thing to do in this situation.
Communicate in manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for professional communities.
Your assignment should also meet the following requirements:
Written communication: Ensure written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message. You may use Capella Writing Center for helpful writing resources.
APA formatting: Format resources and citations using current APA style and formatting guidelines. You may find the resources Academic Honesty & APA Style and Formatting and Plagiarism [PDF] helpful.
Number of resources: Use your judgment to ensure your topic is thoroughly researched; there is no minimum number of resources required.
Length of paper: Submit 2–3 typed, double-spaced pages.