HOW TO IMPROVE WORK ETHICS AMONG HEALTH CARE WORKERS
Health care professionals are required to perform in a manner that is consistent with professional standards; legally defined as the way an ordinary , reasonable and prudent professional would conduct under the same or similar circumstances (Cohen,1 979; Cohen & Mariano, 1982; Hogan, 1979; Rinas & Clyne, 1988). However, anecdotal observations indicate violation of work ethics by health care professionals in Malawi. In addition to that, there have been several reports by the media highlighting that patients are mistreated communicatively. The paper will define some key terms, point out some of the work ethics violations in the hospitals in the country and come up with possible solutions that would assist in the improvement of the work ethics among the concerned professionals.
Ethics is the study and practice of what is good and right for human beings, (Thompson, Melia, & Boyd, 2004). It studies how people determine what is good for the flourishing of individuals and society and what rules they need to put in place to prevent harm. It is also concerned with the education and training process by which people are assisted to develop the competencies required for responsible moral action. Ethics is more complex than simply making right and wrong decisions (Rebore, 2001). It is the ultimate search for truth and commitment. A code that reflects the way a person conducts him or herself in or out of the public forum. It is further defined as the principles of conduct governing an individual or group (Webster, 2011). It guides caregivers to make right judgments’ as guided by using wisdom to do well, (Pozgar, 2010).
Waltz &Ritchie (2000) define work ethics as the values, norms and moral judgments that guide professional behavior as practitioners with clients. Further, it is defined, as the workers' efforts to identify pertinent ethical issues in their practice settings, to review and assess the adequacy...