ETHICAL PROBLEMS: Rush to judgment

December 2004 
Volume 34  Number 12
Pages 28 - 29
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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(12)             December 2004             p 28–29 Rush to judgment [ETHICAL PROBLEMS: CULTURE CLASH]


After working 12 years at a leading hospital, I recently joined the competition across town. Although I love my new job, I see some things that we could do better. But when I tried to share my ideas with my manager and co-workers, no one wanted to listen. One nurse said, “We have our own style of doing things here.”

I believe that pushing for improvement is part of my ethical responsibility as a patient advocate. Should I back off or press on ?—B.C., CALIF.

Your intentions are good, but your approach may be flawed. Do you think your new co-workers see you as a patient advocate, or are they simply hearing you say, “You don't do things as well here as we did at the place across ...

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