Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences

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Lancaster General College of Nursing & Health Sciences
PH1210:

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Lancaster General College of Nursing & Health Sciences
PH1210: Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences
Article Summary
This final assignment is designed to raise awareness regarding class content areas with an understanding that
students from a variety of medical practices can be represented in one class. On the last day of class, in lieu of a
final exam, students will turn in an article summary from a newspaper, journal, or magazine related to a topic in
the field of medical ethics or healthcare law. The article must be from the United States within the last six years.
Articles must be at least 750 words in order to be acceptable. Do not use book reviews, editorials, letters to the
editor, etc. Indicate the number of words in Chalk & Wire in the “add text” box.
A copy of the article(s) must accompany your paper. Highlight the areas of the article relevant to the chosen
topic in one color (paraphrased material) and all direct quotes referenced within the paper in a different color.
Completion of this assignment qualifies for submission in your student portfolio for – Ethical Principles and
Decision Making. See portfolio rubric handout.
Guidelines for Article Summary:
The article assignment should include the following information:
» Title Page
» Five sections with the following specific headings (APA-LeveI1):
./ Main Facts
Give a summary of the article. Use the basic who, what, when, where, why format. Name your
article and use the first and last names of the authors (the first time). (4 points)
./ Application of Ethical Principles
How do the five ethical principles discussed in class and in the text apply to the article? You must
address at least four of the five principles. (11 points)
./ Ethical Decision Making
Using the four step decision-making process in the textbook, discuss the topic you chose in an
ethical context. Clearly identify each step and the role the health care professional plays. (4 points)
./ Opposing Viewpoints
What do opponents of your topic have to say? Why is the topic of importance to the medical field?
Is there a law involved? Note: You may need to use another source for this section. (2 points)
./ Correlation to Your Practice (Personal and/or General)
How does this topic apply to your current or future health care practice? Why did you choose the
article? Do you plan a career in the field you reported on? Do you have personal experience with
the subject? How and when? (2 points)
How does your Code of Ethics apply to this topic? Name your Code of Ethics – cite it and reference
it. (2 points)
» APA Reference Page – Wikipedia is not an acceptable reference source
Your paper must be more than two but no more than five pages in length, excluding the title and reference pages.
Your paper must include in-text citations. No citations equal a plagiarized assignment and will result in an
assignment grade of zero. An abstract is not necessary for this assignment.
Evaluation Criteria: 30 points
APA title page, headings, citations, and references: 3 points
Submission Procedure: 2 points
Due Date: Last day of class – Submit directly into Chalk & Wire – Use Course # PHI21 0

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