Human Factors Essay

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The film ‘The Whistleblower’ focuses on the Mr.Neary hysterectomy scandal in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital during the late 1990’s. Mr.Neary was removing perfectly normal wombs without consent from women after childbirth. Mr.Neary always claimed to have a medical reason for removing the wombs, stating that the hysterectomy was “for the mothers own good”. A new midwife, Louise, who had trained and worked in England, was shocked at the amount of emergency hysterectomies carried out in the hospital by Mr.Neary. She begins to investigate further into these hysterectomy cases and realises that the majority of them did not need to be done. She decides to take a stand and make this a known fact. In this assignment I will discuss four human factors in ‘The Whistleblower’ in relation to cognitive dissonance and conclude with my own personal opinion based on safety in the organisation. Cognitive dissonance is an unpleasant state of tension that occurs whenever an individual simultaneously holds two cognitions that are psychologically inconsistent. The first human factor I will discuss is conformity. Nurses are generally taught and expected to conform. Nurses are expected to behave and present themselves in a certain way. They adapt to the rituals and routines on the institution they are working in. We see the nurses conform in the film when they do not question the going-ons around them. No one questions the fact that, for example, inducing ladies is only done on Mondays or the high number of emergency hysterectomies being carried out. Mr.Neary had been working in the hospital for many years and was extremely popular with fellow staff members and in the community. It was said that you were in the “best hands” if you were a patient of Mr.Neary. Due to this already established preconception of Mr.Neary, we see the nurses do not question any of his instructions. When Louise tries
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